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Courthouse News Service
Monday, January 07, 2008Last Update: 10:51:52 PM

Courts

     Robert McGill, a bailiff, sued Hamilton County in Cincinnati Federal Court, claiming he was fired in retaliation for appearing in a WCPO-TV news report about the Hamilton County Jury Commissioner getting a 14% raise - allegedly in violation of policy - while bailiffs' salaries were capped. See complaint.

Entertainment

     Playwright John Davidson claims The Children's Theatre Co. interfered with contract and slandered title to his play, "Cinderella," by threatening to sue a producer and falsely claiming to own rights to the play, in Hennepin County Court, Minneapolis.
      
     VidKid Games claims MGA Entertainment stiffed it for $170,000 owed for developing three video games: Bejeweled 2, Chuzzle, and Feeding Frenzy 2, in Seattle Federal Court.

Consumer Class Action

     Maytag and Whirlpool Corps. make defective front-loading washing machines and matching dryers, the Maytag MAH 8700 AWW, and Home Depot sells them, a class-action complaint claims in Grand Rapids Federal Court. See complaint.
      
     Nationwide Insurance cheated policyholders and medical service providers by improperly calculating Medicare payments, a class action complaint claims in Palm Beach County Court. See complaint.

Media

     The Detroit Free Press demands that the City of Detroit produce documents about a settlement involving wrongly terminated police officers, in a FOIA complaint in Detroit Circuit Court.

Commerce

     David C. Farmer and Greenbrier Group sold unregistered securities in a nationwide Ponzi scheme, investors claim in Duval County Court, Fla. See complaint.
      
     PGNT Management claims Omnicon Group owes it $28.9 million, for breaching terms of a restated charter of Seneca Investments by pledging that much common stock to a third party, in New York County Court.

Environment

     Forest Guardians sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for failing to list and designate protected habitat for the threatened or endangered Sacramento Mountains Checkerspot Butterfly, in DC Federal Court.

Employment

     The U.S. Secretary of Labor sued Local 732, American Postal Workers Union in Dallas Federal Court, to nullify the results of a union election, claiming, among other things, that all candidates were not provided with an electronic mailing list with which to distribute campaign materials. 
      
     Class-action complaints alleging Labor Code violations have been filed against these defendants: United Parcel Service, and TeamOne Employment Specialists, in Los Angeles Superior Court; Best Western Hotels, in Gainesville Federal Court; Mac Construction Services, in Baltimore Federal Court; Clever Enterprises, and Love on the Rocks Ltd., in Manhattan Federal Court; Windsor Redevelopment Corp., and Home Improvement Source of Tampa Bay, in Tampa Federal Court; and RWS Enterprises dba Kiddie Kandids, in Alameda County Court, Oakland.

Liability

     Danieli Corp. and CH2M Hill Lockwood Greene negligently designed and Charter Steel used a Vacuum Oxygenation Decarburization unit that leaks carbon monoxide and killed Charter Steel employee Troy Tetlak, his widow claims in Cuyahoga County Court, Cleveland.
      
     Robert Kubiak sued J.M. Brennan Inc.  and Acuity insurance in Milwaukee County Court, claiming Brennan screwed up installing a propane line, which exploded at the Falk Corp., killing three and injuring him and others.
      
     Thermage Inc. makes a defective "ThermaCool" radio-pulse cosmetic surgery device that damaged a dermatologist's nerves because it must be held at an extreme angle while used to treat patients, the doctor claims in Baltimore Federal Court.

Medical

     A woman claims Mentor Corp.'s "Ob Tape" brand transobturator sling eroded her internal body tissue, in Jacksonville Federal Court.

Government

     Public Citizen demands that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration order drug makers to warn that fluoroquinolone antibiotics increase risks of tendon injuries, in DC Federal Court.

Bankruptcy

     Black Ridge Mesa Investment Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Salt Lake City, listing $12.1 million in assets and $29.7 million in debts.