Anita Knaysi (plaintiff) had a Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD) inserted by her gynecologist. The device was manufactured by A.H. Robins Co. (Robins) (defendant). Knaysi became pregnant after having the IUD inserted and then suffered a spontaneous septic abortion of twin fetuses. Knaysi claimed that Robins knew the device caused spontaneous septic abortions, hid that information, and advertised the IUD as safe and effective. Knaysi filed suit against Robins based on negligence, breach of warranty, breach of implied contract, strict liability, fraud, conspiracy, and outrageous conduct. The lawsuit was filed after the statute of limitations had run, but Knaysi alleged that Robins fraudulently concealed its wrongdoing. The trial court granted summary judgment to Robins, finding that the statute of limitations barred the claims. Knaysi appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.