June 01, 2018 Feature

Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction

By Joan R. Camagong
Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction

Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction

Bristol-Myers Squibb—The Decision

Over the last few years, the United States Supreme Court has taken a critical look at the bounds of personal jurisdiction and effectively reined in its expansion. The Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco Co., 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) (BMS) follows suit. There, the Court clarified that its long-standing specific jurisdiction principles apply to nonresident plaintiffs whose claims have been joined with those of in-state plaintiffs, and thus, courts cannot assert jurisdiction over claims brought by nonresident plaintiffs unless each such plaintiff can establish a connection between the nonresident defendant’s conduct in the forum and their own specific claims.

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