No. 99-17073.

253 F.3d 1180 (2001)

Robin ZINSER, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ACCUFIX RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC., formerly d.b.a. as TPLC, Inc., and Telectronics Pacing Systems, now known as TPLC Holdings, Inc., a Colorado corporation; Pacific Dunlop Limited, and Nucleus Limited; Nucleus Limited, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed June 15, 2001.

As Amended December 14, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, James M. Finberg (argued), Melanie M. Piech, and Scott P. Nealey, Leiff, Cabraser, Hiemann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco, California; C. Brooks Cutter, Friedman, Callard, Cutter & Panneton, Sacramento, California; Robert Hollingsworth, Cors & Bassett, Cincinnati, Ohio, for the plaintiff-appellant.

Charles F. Preuss, Thomas J. Pulliam, Jr., and Catherine M. Leon, Preuss, Walker & Shanagher Zvoleff & Zimmer LLP, San Francisco, California; Charles P. Goodell, Jr. (argued), Richard M. Barnes, and Ian Gallacher, Goodell, Devries, Leech & Gray, LLP, Baltimore, Maryland; John M. LaPlante, Gregory J. Fisher, Edson & LaPlante, Sacramento, California; Patrick S. Coffey, Scott J. Fisher (argued), Gardner, Carton & Douglass, Chicago, Illinois; Robert S. Epstein, Epstein, Englert, Staley & Coffey, San Francisco, California, for defendants-appellees.

Before: Betty B. FLETCHER, DIARMUID F. O'SCANNLAIN, and RONALD M. GOULD, Circuit Judges.

Argued and Submitted October 30, 2000 — San Francisco, California.

Opinion by Judge RONALD M. GOULD; Dissent by BETTY B. FLETCHER.


RONALD M. GOULD, Circuit Judge:

This is a products liability action involving pacemakers containing the allegedly defective ENCOR Bipolar Passive Fixation Pacing Lead Model 330-854 ("854 lead"). Plaintiff-Appellant Robin Zinser ("Zinser") filed a class action complaint alleging negligence, products...


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