Mesh Ruling Signals Tough Road For Non-Pa. Cases In Philly

Law360, Philadelphia (August 9, 2017, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A judge's decision to rethink ​whether out-of-state residents can sue a Johnson & Johnson unit in Philadelphia County over allegedly defective pelvic mesh products, which follows two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings on similar jurisdictional questions, could signal a new normal of heightened scrutiny for non-Pennsylvania plaintiffs who have historically flocked to the forum.

Judge Arnold New in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas agreed last Wednesday that new precedent from the Supreme Court required reconsideration of his two-year-old finding that Ethicon Inc. had sufficient ties to Pennsylvania for it to be subject to general jurisdiction in the state in...

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