BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell

Topic(s): 
Court Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, and Appellate Jurisdiction
Scope of Statutory Rights and Remedies
Docket Number: 
16-405
Case Description: 

The Montana Supreme Court held that the state’s courts had personal jurisdiction over defendant BNSF Railway Company to adjudicate Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) claims brought by an injured worker and another worker’s widow because (1) FELA permitted them to do so where BNSF was “doing business” in Montana and (2) the state’s long-arm statute encompassed BNSF for the purpose of these disputes. BNSF contends that this exercise of personal jurisdiction violates its Fourteenth Amendment due process rights under the standard for assessing general jurisdiction set forth in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). We represent respondents, who are urging that the Court affirm the decision of the state supreme court.