On Monday, the US Supreme Court tightened limitations on where injury lawsuits may be filed, handing a victory to corporations by undercutting the ability of plaintiffs to bring up claims in friendly courts over a case involving litigation against the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co for its blood-thinning medication Plavix. In an 8 to 1 ruling, the justices threw out a lower court decision to allow hundreds of out-of-state-patients who took Plavix to sue the California-based company. However, the justices ruled that state courts cannot hear claims against companies that are not based in the state when the alleged injuries did not occur there. Last month, a similar conclusion was reached in a separate case involving out-of-state injury claims against Texas-based BNSF Railway Co.
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