In In re Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC,No. 12-0946 (Tex. Apr. 24, 2015), the Texas Supreme Court addressed the applicability of a state statute on forum non conveniens to a lawsuit brought by a Texas resident as “next friend” of his sister and brother-in-law’s children, who had survived an automobile accident in Mexico that killed their parents.  The accident occurred in Mexico and the deceased and their children were Mexican citizens, but the uncle was a resident of Texas.  The statute stated that the forum non conveniens doctrine cannot be used to dismiss a case brought by a Texas resident as plaintiff.  The Texas Supreme Court held that the uncle, acting as “next friend” to the surviving children, does not qualify as a “plaintiff” who could take advantage of the Texas resident exception to this statute.