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Civil Procedure Keyed to Hazard
Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County
Citation:137 S.Ct. 1773 (2017)
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86 California residents and 592 nonresidents (Plaintiffs) brought a suit in California against Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Defendant), a pharmaceutical company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in New York. The Plaintiffs alleged that one of the drugs manufactured and sold by Defendant in California, Plavix, damaged their health. The drug was not designed, developed, or manufactured in California, nor was it bought or taken in California by the nonresidents. Defendant argued that under these facts California lacked personal jurisdiction and moved to quash the summons by the nonresidents.
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