Manatt’s A. Paul Heeringa, counsel with Manatt Financial Services, spoke with Cooke County Record on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, and a related case heading to the Seventh Circuit court in Chicago.
The Supreme Court ruled that nonresidents could not join a class action lawsuit against a defendant whose primary location was determined to be in a different state, according to Cooke County Record. In the Chicago case, appeals judges have been asked whether the same principle should extend to federal courts.
Heeringa said the Northern District has “been fairly consistent” in applying the Bristol Myers Squibb ruling to related class action lawsuits. He also said it is “always hard to tell how an appeals court will rule, but … the Seventh Circuit does not tend to overturn the Northern District very much.”
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