Supreme Court decision could have big impact on mass actions in Cook County, elsewhere

Cook County Record

A recent supreme court ruling, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., ruled that a California court did not have jurisdiction over cases filed by out-of-state plaintiffs suing out-of-state companies. This decision could lead to fewer out-of-state claims made in plaintiff-friendly courts and decrease venue abuse. Ninety percent of asbestos claims filed in Madison County are from out-of-state plaintiffs looking for plaintiff-friendly courts known as ‘Judicial Hellhole’ jurisdictions.

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