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Temple v. Synthes Corp.

United States Supreme Court
498 U.S. 5, reh’g denied, 498 U.S. 1092 (1990)


Facts

Temple (plaintiff) had been implanted with a plate and screw device utilized in his back surgery and manufactured by Synthes, (defendant). One of the device's screws broke off inside Temple's back during surgery in a Louisiana hospital. Temple filed suit against Synthes in federal district court and against the hospital and doctor who performed the surgery in a Louisiana state court. Synthes moved to dismiss Temple's federal claim, arguing that Temple had failed to join the doctor and hospital as necessary parties pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19. The district court, citing judicial economy, ordered Temple to join the doctor and hospital within 20 days. When Temple failed to do so, the court dismissed the suit. Temple appealed, but the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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