Virtual CLE Program: The Impact of Bristol-Myers Squibb on Nationwide Class Actions
1.00 Hr CLE Approved
The Forum and Greenberg Traurig invite you to join us for a Virtual CLE Program on Wednesday, July 22nd discussing the impact of Bristol-Myers Squibb on nationwide class actions. In less than two years, nearly eighty federal district courts have grappled with a previously unaddressed issue-are class actions exempt from personal-jurisdiction scrutiny? This river of litigation springs from the Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, in which the Court dismissed all the non-California plaintiffs’ claims who joined California plaintiffs in a mass tort. Within weeks of that decision, defendants across the country began challenging federal courts’ jurisdiction to hear nationwide class actions on similar grounds. The issue raised is novel and the legal considerations are complex. But the question itself is succinct: Does a federal court have personal jurisdiction as to nonresident, unnamed class members’ claims when the court would otherwise lack personal jurisdiction if those claims were brought individually? With four federal circuits now weighing in, this issue may soon go up to the Supreme Court, and potentially implicate forum shopping for all nationwide class actions going forward.
Gold Underwriter Host:
At the request of our in-house members, the Forum is offering high quality CLE programming hosted by our Gold Underwriters to help members secure their annual CLE requirements while sheltered in place.