supreme court rules california courts lack jurisidction in pharmaceutical mass action case

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the us supreme court [official website] held [opinion, pdf] on monday that california courts lack specific jurisdiction to hear the claims brought against bristol-myers squibb co. (bms) [corporate website]. bms manufactures and sells plavix, a prescription drug that prevents blood clots by thinning the blood. nearly 700 plaintiffs, only 86 of whom are california residents, filed eight separate complaints in california superior court [official website] asserting that the drug had damaged their health. the court looked to “settled principles” to...

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