Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers Squibb: Unresolved Issues, Shifting Plaintiff Strategies

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Event Description

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The Supreme Court’s 2017 Bristol-Myers Squibb ruling continued the Court’s trend toward a constrictive view of corporate-specific jurisdiction, starting with its 2011 Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations v. Brown decision and the 2014 Daimler AG v. Bauman ruling.

The Court’s ruling in BMS followed its 2017 decision in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, which held that the Court’s general jurisdiction decision in Daimler is based on the Fourteenth Amendment and is not limited to certain types of claims.

The BMS decision limited jurisdiction to those states where the defendant is incorporated or has its principal place of business. Despite the apparent impact of the BMS ruling, several unanswered questions remain, and circuit court splits have begun to develop.

The panel will discuss the issue of personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2017 Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Ct. and BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell rulings. The program will review the progression of the Court’s prior decisions on corporate jurisdiction, lower court decisions issued since the BMS/BNSF rulings, and key unresolved legal issues in the year following the BMS decision.

Panelists will review these and other noteworthy issues:

  • What are the implications of Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court for litigation proceeding in states where the defendant is not subject to general jurisdiction?
  • Does the Fifth Amendment similarly restrict personal jurisdiction by a federal court that the Fourteenth Amendment imposes on state courts?
  • How have plaintiffs adjusted their litigation strategies in response to prior Supreme Court cases restricting corporate personal jurisdiction and what unresolved questions remain post-Bristol-Myers Squibb?

After the presentations, there will be a live question-and-answer session with participants.

This webinar is hosted by Strafford Publications.


Wystan M. Ackerman

Robinson+Cole, Partner




09/26/2018 1:00 PM


09/26/2018 2:30 PM