Defective engine components made by Rolls-Royce Corp., GM, Allison Engine Co., L-3 Communications and others caused the March 1, 2007 Kiowa Warrior helicopter crash that injured U.S. Army crew members, the servicemen and their families claim in Dallas County Court. The other defendants are: Dallas Airmotive Inc. dba Premier Turbines, H&S Aviation, Vector Aerospace Corp., Aerospace LLC, Dyncorp International, BBA Aviation PLC, Rolls-Royce Engine Services Oakland Inc., Standard Aero Inc., Aerospace Enterprises Co., Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Aviall Services.
Sears Roebuck's use of unlicensed agents and improper equipment to install water lines for refrigerator icemakers has contaminated water supplies and damaged plumbing systems, a class action claims in Montgomery County Court.
Las Vegas Helicopters filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey Bankruptcy Court, listing about $9.9 million in assets and more than $10.2 million in debt.
The U.S. government condemned land in Missouri and Kansas for a railroad easement, but then abandoned the right of way and created a public recreational trail without acknowledging the original owners' "reversionary" right to their property, according to class actions in Missouri and Kansas federal courts.
Shareholder Class Action
Directors of Atmet Corp. face a shareholder derivative action in Delaware Chancery Court, accusing them of back-dating stock options from 1996 to 2006 and costing the company at least $15 million.
A class of shareholders accuses the directors of Sirf Technology Holdings of selling the company to CSR Bank at an unfairly low price, in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Highland Financial Capital Group and two of its officers, Sabi Varon and Allan Ovdat, have been accused of selling unregistered securities in Fulton County Superior Court.
Directors of NutraCea artificially inflated the value of company stock by publishing misleading press releases, according to a class action in Arizona Federal Court.
Frantz Florestal of BlackVelvet Entertainment hired Arizona Black Entertainment to book a Super Bowl party hosted by Diddy, even though the rap mogul had signed a contract to appear exclusively at another event, ABE claims in Arizona Federal Court.
HRM Records and Bodog Music owe members of the New Jersey metal band Overkill more than $50,000 on an album advance, the musicians claim in Vancouver, B.C., Supreme Court.
MTV Networks says Marketrange dba Perfectmatch.com owes it $782,000 for advertising time, in Manhattan Federal Court.
The Buffalo News faces a libel suit in Erie County Court, accusing it of defaming former National Air Cargo CEO Christopher J. Alf in articles called "Soft landing for air cargo company" and "'Dream Team' wins no-jail plea deal."
Former Green Bay Packers fullback Brandon Miree claims in Ohio Federal Court that HCC Specialty Underwriters wrongfully denied his $500,000 disability insurance claim after a spinal injury ended his NFL career during the covered period.
Whiskey One Eight LLC and Red Plane Aviation Ltd. cleared a half-acre area of wetlands without obtaining the proper approvals and permits required by state law, the Maryland Department of the Environment claims in Anne Arundel County Court.
Enviromate and Philip Geddes misrepresented the heat-retaining abilities of a home-insulation product called PolyCell Insulation, the government claims in Alabama Federal Court.
Patent & Trademark
Eat N' Park Hospitality Group isn't smiling about Forget-Me-Knot Gifts' alleged infringement of its trademarked "smiley" face cookie. The group sued the gift shop in Pittsburgh Federal Court.
Folgers Coffee, J.M. Smucker Co. and Kraft Foods Global use a method of processing roasted coffee that infringes on a patent, Balsam Coffee Solutions claims in Federal Court in Tyler, Texas.
Solvay Chemicals, FMC Corp., Atofina Chemicals and others conspired to fix prices of hydrogen peroxide, McShares Inc. says in an antitrust complaint in Kansas City Federal Court.
Consumer Class Action
Heartland Payment Systems failed to protect its computer system from malicious software, causing clients' personal financial information to be stolen during a data breach, a class action claims in New Jersey Federal Court.
Lawyers Title Insurance has been charging too much for its title insurance since August 2005, a racketeering class action claims in Philadelphia Federal Court.
An employee at Cars Direct persuaded a woman to test drive a car she didn't want to buy, then took her to a secluded spot, pawed her and tried to extort her into performing a sex act, the woman claims in Jefferson Circuit Court in Kentucky.
Class-action complaints alleging Labor Code violations have been filed against these defendants: Spansion LLC and Spansion Inc. in San Jose Federal Court; B&D Machine Corp. in Chicago Federal Court; Liberty Travel in Newark Federal Court and Robert Half International in San Diego Superior Court.
Citizens of Marlboro, N.J., want the township to sue several former officials who were involved in criminal schemes, including corruption and bribery, which resulted in federal indictments, the citizens claim in Monmouth County Court.
Countrywide Financial Corp. faces a lawsuit brought by the state of Wisconsin in Dane County Court, accusing the lender of issuing subprime mortgages to borrowers who couldn't afford them.