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Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court (Anderson), A140035

In an action alleging defects in Plavix, a drug petitioner manufactures and sells throughout the country, a petition for writ of mandate challenging the trial court's finding of jurisdiction over petitioner with regard to non-California resident plaintiffs is denied, where: 1) California does not have general jurisdiction over petitioner based upon the facts of this case; but 2) petitioner has engaged in substantial, continuous economic activity in California, including the sale of more than a billion dollars of Plavix to Californians; 3) that activity is substantially connected to the non-resident plaintiffs' claims, which are based on the same alleged wrongs as those alleged by the California resident plaintiffs; 4) petitioner does not establish it would be unreasonable to assert jurisdiction over it; and therefore, 5) it is consistent with due process to require petitioner to defend the non-resident plaintiffs' claims before the trial court in coordination with the claims of the California resident plaintiffs.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/30/2014
  • Published 07/30/2014




  • California Court of Appeal


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