Calif. Supreme Court lets hundreds of out-of-state residents sue Bristol-Myers Squibb

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that hundreds of people from 35 states who claim they were harmed by the Plavix blood thinner have the right to sue Bristol-Myers Squibb in the state court system, according to STAT.

In a 4-3 decision, California's high court held that although Bristol-Myers isn't headquartered in California, it does enough business in the state for California courts to serve as a venue for the out-of-state residents' lawsuits. The suits allege Plavix caused heart attacks and strokes, among other conditions.

This was a favorable decision for the plaintiffs, as California has strong consumer protection laws, according to the report.

A Bristol-Myers spokeswoman told STAT the company disagrees with the decision in the case and is evaluating its options.

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