The U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Bristol-Myer Squibb jurisdiction ruling in June that reined in the practice of forum shopping. Now, a federal judge is on the verge of tossing almost 4,000 out-of-state plaintiffs in Illinois, writes the Madison-St. Clair Record.
A defendant in a suit against hair products has moved to dismiss 3,966 plaintiffs, saying that there is no evidence that these plaintiffs purchased, used, or saw advertisements for the product in Illinois. The judge overseeing the case has already cited the Bristol-Myers Squibb case in dismissing out-of-state plaintiffs in other cases. The U.S. Supreme Court opinion said there must be a connection between the jurisdiction and the issue for the case to remain there.