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SCOTUS Takes Up Issues on Jurisdiction and Groups of Mass Tort Cases

Posted in Jurisdiction, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues
Yet again, SCOTUS is taking up issues that matter for mass tort cases. This time it granted cert to look at the constitutional law and jurisdiction issues tangled up when groups of “mass tort” cases are concentrated in one venue.  The new issues arise out of pharma claims that do have more national overtones due… Continue Reading

California and Illinois Courts Reject Drug Defendant Arguments in Mass Tort Jurisdiction Cases

Posted in Jurisdiction, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues
Drug defendant positions on jurisdictional issues in “mass tort” cases were rejected yesterday and late last week in new rulings from appellate courts in California and Illinois in groups of Plavix and Paxil cases. The broader and more notable of the two is the ruling by the California Supreme Court.  The Illinois opinion is here,… Continue Reading

“Foreign Parents and Local Subsidiaries” – SCOTUS’ Latest View on International Assertion of Jurisdiction

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Crowell & Moring  issued a nice summary of SCOTUS’ recent decision on assertion of general jurisdiction against a "foreign" plaintiff corporation, Daimler v. Baumann decision (link is to SCOTUSBlog, which links all the papers).  The opinion is interesting, but may well prove narrow in actual impact. … Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Renders Two More Rulings that Will Stimulate Global Networking Among Members of the Plaintiff’s Bar, and That Should Cause US Importers to Look Carefully at Their Contracts with Overseas Manufacturers

Posted in Jurisdiction
The US Supreme Court issued two end of term opinions which in the long-term ultimately will stimulate the global expansion of the plaintiff’s bar.  In the short-term,  the result ultimately may hurt US businesses by allowing overseas competitors to dump defective products into the US with less fear of being sued. The opinions address issues regarding… Continue Reading

Defective Products and Non-US Manufacturers – New Jersey Supreme Court Acknowledges Global Trade and Expands Personal Jurisdiction

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With a hat tip to Sean Wajert at the MassTort Defense blog, for an article on the opinon, set out below  are recent, striking words from the New Jersey Supreme Court on the scope of the state’s power to exercise jurisdiction over non-US companies that export goods to the United States, The Court minces no words in responding… Continue Reading