Statutory Interpretation

Recent Case: Gibbons v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

April 18, 2019

A tactic known as “snap removal” has divided federal district courts. Can a defendant remove a suit filed in its home forum (or the home forum of another defendant) after the plaintiff filed the suit but before service of process? At first blush, 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b)(2) –– the forum defendant rule –– would seem…

Why the Latest Ruling in the Sandy Hook Shooting Litigation Matters

March 18, 2019

Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in the ongoing litigation brought by plaintiffs representing the twenty children and six adults shot dead in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The shooter carried a Bushmaster semiautomatic assault-style weapon. The Sandy Hook plaintiffs have been trying for years to bring claims against the Bushmaster’s manufacturer,…