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May 31 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Case to Watch: California to weigh jurisdiction for out-of-state plaintiffs

The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether non- residents can sue pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb in its state courts, in an appeal that could clarify what presence companies must have in California in order to be sued there by out-of-state plaintiffs. The state high court will hear oral arguments June 2 in Bristol-Myers Squibb's bid to overturn a ruling that found California courts had jurisdiction to hear claims from non-California residents who said they were injured by the New York-based company's blood thinner Plavix. By Jessica Dye — Reuters

Judge acknowledges Donald Trump's attacks, unseals files in Trump U suit

A federal judge blasted Friday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken note of the fact that Trump isn't happy with the way the judge is handling lawsuits over alleged fraud by the Trump University real estate seminar program. Just hours after Trump used a campaign speech at a San Diego convention center to unleash a remarkable verbal fusillade against U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge — who also happens to be based in the same Southern California city — acknowledged, in a much more measured fashion, the criticism Trump has aimed at the court. By Josh Gerstein — POLITICO

Kathryn Steinle’s parents sue over daughter’s SF slaying

The parents of a woman who was shot to death on a San Francisco pier last year sued former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the city and federal officials on Friday, saying the gunman would have been kept in custody, disarmed and deported if they’d done their jobs. The federal court suit by Kathryn Steinle’s parents said Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who has admitted firing the fatal shot, was freed from jail weeks before Steinle was killed because of blunders by both Mirkarimi and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. By Bob Egelko and Kevin Schultz — San Francisco Chronicle

Rulings and remarks tell divided story of an 8-member Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is trying hard to reach common ground in the wake of the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. But some justices are trying harder than others. By Adam Liptak — The New York Times

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