Jurisdiction Issues Dog Multistate Class Actions

Law360 (March 2, 2018, 12:09 PM EST) -- There is a growing movement to rely on last year’s United States Supreme Court decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California[1] to preclude multistate class actions on jurisdictional grounds. In January of this year, relying on Bristol-Myers, Judge Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois rejected a named plaintiff’s attempt to bring a nationwide class action in DeBernardis v. NBTY Inc.[2]

Background: Bristol-Myers Decision

Bristol-Myers addressed whether California state courts possessed personal jurisdiction over the product liability claims of non-California residents who had...
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