March 2017
Missouri Supreme Court Decision Will Impact Toxic and Mass Tort Cases

In a decision handed down Tuesday, February 28, the Missouri Supreme Court limited circumstances in which out-of-state corporate defendants will be subject to personal jurisdiction, rejecting two novel theories of specific jurisdiction by consent. The Missouri Supreme Court has closed the door to plaintiffs whose cases should be brought elsewhere but who are trying to bring them in Missouri courts. This ruling should have an immediate impact on toxic tort and mass tort cases, such as the asbestos personal injury litigation and the talc ovarian cancer claims that out-of-state plaintiffs are filing and trying in Missouri.

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