No. 97-9548.

158 F.3d 622 (1998)

Brian Keith STUART, a minor, by his natural guardian and next friend Pamela Jean Craven; Pamela Jean Craven, individually; Paula Kairdolf; Errol M. Kairdolf, as parents and natural guardians of Michella Renee Kairdolf, a minor; Paula Kairdolf, individually; Errol M. Kairdolf, individually, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. AMERICAN CYANAMID COMPANY, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Home Products Corporation, Defendant-Appellee. American Home Products Corporation, Defendant.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided September 21, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marc S. Moller (Henry Glukstern, of counsel), Kreindler & Kreindler, New York City, (Stanley P. Kops, Kops & Fenner, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of counsel), for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Daniel J. Thomasch (Elyse D. Echtman, of counsel), Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine LLP, New York City, for Defendant-Appellee American Cyanamid Company.

Before: MINER, McLAUGHLIN, and LEVAL, Circuit Judges.


McLAUGHLIN, Circuit J.

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