Tough Times for Forum Shoppers

The Supreme Court’s June 19 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court reaffirms well-established principles for state court exercise of specific (case-linked) personal jurisdiction.  As a practical matter, the opinion  curtails forum shopping for plaintiff-friendly courts in connection with tort actions brought by multi-state groups of plaintiffs against companies that are not “at home” in a forum state.  Larry Ebner’s analysis of the decision and its implications, published by Law360, can be accessed by clicking here.

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