Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

California cannot exercise personal jurisdiction over non-residents’ claims against a foreign corporation merely because the corporation engaged in the same conduct in California as to resident plaintiffs.  California cannot exercise general jurisdiction over Bristol-Myers, which is not incorporated in, nor does it have its principal place of business in, California.  California may exercise specific jurisdiction…

Whidbee v. Pierce County

If the statute of limitations expires before a case is removed to federal court, the plaintiff is not given additional time to serve the summons after removal.  Under 28 USC 1448 and FRCivP 4(m), in a case removed to federal court, a plaintiff has a new 120 day period after removal in which to serve…

West v. United States

A federal appellate court has jurisdiction over claims against an appellee not named in the notice of appeal if the opening brief shows the appellant challenges portions of the judgment affecting that appellee.  Under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 3, a notice of appeal must name all appellants and the order(s) or judgment(s) appealed from. …