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Haley v. Medtronic, Inc.

169 F.R.D. 643 (C.D. Cal. 1996)

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Haley v. Medtronic, Inc.

United States District Court for the Central District of California

169 F.R.D. 643 (C.D. Cal. 1996)

Facts

Medtronic, Inc. (Medtronic) (defendant) manufactured pacemakers that were allegedly defective. Haley (plaintiff) received one of Medtronic’s pacemakers. Although her pacemaker had not failed, Haley sued Medtronic for emotional distress caused by her fear of her pacemaker’s failure and the prospect of possibly needing surgery to remove it. Haley sought class certification on behalf of over 66,000 people who had pacemakers from Medtronic. The complaint alleged negligence, products liability, breach of warranty, and fraud, and sought money damages and injunctive relief requiring the establishment of a program to monitor the health of class members. Haley moved to obtain class certification for the plaintiffs’ money damages under Rule 23(b)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and class certification for the plaintiffs’ injunctive relief under Rule 23(b)(2).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rea, J.)

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