In upholding a $12.85 million award in a pelvic mesh case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has determined that a high-profile 2017 jurisdictional ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court does not represent a major shift in the way courts should analyze specific jurisdiction, despite the ruling being hailed by many in the defense bar as a “game-changer.”

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court on a 6-1 vote ruled that Pennsylvania properly had jurisdiction over the case. The majority rejected arguments that the claims could not pass constitutional muster under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. 

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