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The following selected cases were recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria division; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt division. This information was provided by the district courts’ official online bulletin boards. U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Oceanic Exploration Co., et al. v. ConocoPhilips Inc., et al. (No. 04-CV-0332, March 1) Assigned to Judge Emmet Sullivan. RICO. Demand: $10.5 billion. Attorneys for plaintiffs: Brant Bishop, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C.; Jon Corey, Quinn Emanuel, Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Los Angeles; Robert Scully, Rees Broome & Diaz, Vienna, Va. Deborah Johnson v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., et al. (No. 04-CV-0344, March 3) Assigned to Judge Emmet Sullivan. Personal injury. Attorney for defendant: Gary Tepper, Arent Fox, Washington, D.C. Pamela Albrecht v. Pharmacia and Upjohn Co. (No. 04-CV-0345, March 3) Assigned to Judge Rosemary Collyer. Product liability. Attorneys for plaintiff: Aaron Levine and Brandon Levine, Aaron M. Levine & Associates, Washington, D.C. Attorney for defendant: Malcolm Brisker, Goodell, Devries, Leech & Dann, Baltimore. Alan Mercardo v. Ford Motor Co. (No. 04-CV-0363, March 5) Assigned to Judge Rosemary Collyer. Personal injury. Demand: $20 million. Attorney for plaintiff: Patrick Regan, Regan, Halperin & Long, Washington, D.C. Katie Chung v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (No. 04-CV-0366, March 5) Assigned to Judge James Robertson. Job discrimination (employment). Demand: $30,000. Attorney for plaintiff: Ronald Jessamy Sr., Law Offices of Ronald C. Jessamy, Washington, D.C. U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN ALEXANDRIA, VA. Modernization and Maintenance Inc. v. My Home Owners Club LLC, et al. (No. 04-CV-0213, March 1) Assigned to Judge T.S. Ellis III. Trademark infringement. Attorney for plaintiffs: Theodore Breiner, Breiner & Breiner, Alexandria, Va. Christine Borucke v. Siemens Business Services Inc. (No. 04-CV-0233, March 5) Assigned to Judge Claude Hilton. Civil rights (race discrimination). Attorney for plaintiff: Delmar Lewis, Nealon & Associates, Alexandria, Va. Attorney for defendant: Thomas Brownell, Holland & Knight, McLean, Va. Christina Wilkinson v. Ronald Wilkinson (No. 04-CV-0234, March 5) Assigned to Judge Claude Hilton. Notice of removal (libel, assault, slander). Attorney for defendant: Joel Aronson, Ridberg Press & Sherbill, Bethesda, Md. Albertyna Nimley v. Pohanka Auto West Inc. (No. 04-CV-0237, March 5) Assigned to Judge James Cacheris. Fair Credit Reporting Act. Demand: $402,000. Attorney for plaintiff: Alexander Blankingship III, Blankingship & Associates, Alexandria, Va. Mattie Lolavar, et al. v. IKON Holdings Inc., et al. (No. 04-CV-0238, March 5) Assigned to Judge James Cacheris. Notice of removal (breach of contract). Attorney for plaintiff: David Gogal, Blankingship & Keith, Fairfax, Va. U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN GREENBELT, MD. Alyssa Polacsek v. Debticated Consumer Counseling Inc., et al. (No. 04-CV-0631, March 1) Assigned to Judge Peter Messitte. Fraud. Attorneys for defendants: Garrett Duarte, Thomas Gilbertson, and William MacLeod, Collier Shannon Scott, Washington, D.C. Computer Applications Specialists Inc. v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co. (No. 04-CV-0644, March 2) Assigned to Judge Roger Titus. Breach of contract. Demand: $1 million. Attorneys for plaintiff: Mark Kolman and Jessica Kendall, Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, Washington, D.C. Attorney for defendant: Linda Woolf, Goodell DeVries Leech and Dann, Baltimore. Washington Wholesalers Health and Welfare Fund, et al v. Haynie Farms LLC (No. 04-CV-0670, March 5) Assigned to Judge Roger Titus. ERISA (employee benefits). Attorney for plaintiffs: Frederick Marx, Slevin & Hart, Washington, D.C. Beyond Systems Inc. v. Keynetics Inc., et al. (No. 04-CV-0686, March 8) Assigned to Judge Peter Messitte. Notice of removal. Demand: $100,000. Attorney for plaintiff: Stephen Ring, Law Offices of Stephen H. Ring, Gaithersburg, Md. Attorney for defendant: Susan Schor, McManus Schor Asmar and Darden, Washington, D.C. Cheryl Robertshaw-Watson, et al. v. Famous Dave’s Ribs of Maryland Inc. (No. 04-CV-0690, March 8) Assigned to Judge Peter Messitte. Civil Rights Act. Attorney for plaintiffs: Joel Zuckerman, Schwartz Zweben and Associates, Rockville, Md.

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