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July 27, 2017

The Supreme Court Delivers a Blow to Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Paradise

For many years, St. Louis has been a “destination of choice for [plaintiff] attorneys” as it has “quick trials, big verdicts favoring consumers, and a state law that allows nonresidents to easily join mass litigations,” writes Bloomberg.

After an 8-to-1 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, St. Louis may no longer be a hub for the plaintiffs’ bar and litigation tourism.

The Supreme Court said that almost 600 people who claimed they were injured by the blood-thinning drug Plavix couldn’t sue the company in California court because they didn’t live in the state, setting the precedent that there must be a connection between the forum and the specific claim at issue.

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