NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - Law360 has assembled a list of the top Product Liability Cases of 2016 in their Year-End Report and has named Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court to it.

In this case, the plaintiffs are represented by Napoli Shkolnik PLLC partners Hunter J. Shkolnik, Shayna E. Sacks and Jennifer R. Liakos. The Napoli Shkolnik team argued that given the company's contacts in California, including its marketing and distribution and research and development facilities, the state courts have specific personal jurisdiction over non-resident's claims.

The California Supreme Court agreed and gave the greenlight for almost 600 non-Californians, who filed their suit in the state, to proceed with their litigation against Bristol-Myers Squibb. It was the first time the state high court weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, which said general jurisdiction exists where a company is "at home."

Bristol-Myers Squibb is being sued by California residents and non-residents for its popular blood thinning drug Plavix.

"It is always rewarding to successfully represent our clients and with this ruling, we are proud to be part of a case that will have a positive impact on future pharmaceutical litigations," says Hunter.

The case is Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v S.C., California Supreme Court, No. S221038.

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