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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-466 Cal. Apr 25, 2017
Tr.Aud.
Jun 19, 2017 8-1 Alito OT 2016

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondents in this case.

Holding: California courts lack specific jurisdiction to entertain the claims in this case brought by plaintiffs who are not California residents, because there is an insufficient connection between the forum and the specific claims at issue.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 19, 2017. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Oct 7 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 10, 2016)
Oct 13 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner and counsel for the respondents.
Nov 10 2016Brief amici curiae of Washington Legal Foundation, et al. filed.
Nov 10 2016Brief amicus curiae of Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. filed.
Nov 10 2016Brief amici curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States, et al. filed.
Nov 10 2016Brief amicus curiae of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America filed.
Nov 10 2016Brief amicus curiae of GlaxoSmithKline, LLC filed.
Nov 15 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 9, 2016.
Dec 7 2016Brief of respondents Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, et al. in opposition filed.
Dec 20 2016Reply of petitioner Bristol-Myers Squibb Company filed.
Dec 21 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 6, 2017.
Jan 9 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 13, 2017.
Jan 17 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 19, 2017.
Jan 19 2017Petition GRANTED.
Feb 13 2017Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the Petitioner.
Feb 13 2017Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the Respondents.
Feb 17 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Feb 24 2017Record requested from the Supreme Court of California.
Mar 1 2017Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Mar 1 2017Brief of petitioner Bristol-Myers Squibb Company filed.
Mar 2 2017Record received from the Supreme Court of California (1 box).
Mar 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amicus curiae of GlaxoSmithKline LLC filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amici curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amicus curiae of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amicus curiae of Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amici curiae of Atlantic Legal Foundation, et al. filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amici curiae of Washington Legal Foundation, et al. filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Mar 8 2017Brief amici curiae of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Texas Association of Broadcasters filed.
Mar 9 2017Motion for leave to file amici brief out of time filed by TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V., et al.
Mar 9 2017Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed out of time by MoneyMutual LLP.
Mar 22 2017CIRCULATED.
Mar 27 2017Motion for leave to file amici brief out of time filed by TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V., et al. GRANTED.
Mar 30 2017Brief amicus curiae of Alan B. Morrison filed. (Distributed)
Mar 31 2017Brief of respondents Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 3 2017Motion for leave to file amicus brief out of time filed by MoneyMutual LLP GRANTED.
Apr 5 2017Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Apr 5 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Center for Auto Safety filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of Attorneys Information Exchange Group filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of California Constitution Center filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of The American Association for Justice filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amici curiae of Professors of Civil Procedure and Federal Courts filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of Public Justice, P.C. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amicus curiae of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization filed. (Distributed)
Apr 7 2017Brief amici curiae of Civil Procedure Professors filed. (Distributed)
Apr 11 2017Response of respondents to motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Apr 12 2017Reply of Acting Solicitor General to respondents' response to motion filed.
Apr 13 2017Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. Justice Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Apr 18 2017Reply of petitioner Bristol-Myers Squibb Company filed. (Distributed)
Apr 25 2017Argued. For petitioner: Neal K. Katyal, Washington, D. C.; and Rachel P. Kovner, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: Thomas C. Goldstein, Bethesda, Md.
Jun 19 2017Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Gorsuch, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
Jul 21 2017MANDATE ISSUED.
Jul 21 2017JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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