A move to cap Continental Tire North America Inc.'s contribution to the health care package for United Steelworkers retirees and dependents results in a class action lawsuit by the union. A federal judge rules Conti must pay the medical premiums.
Goodyear pays $925,000 to settle a sex discrimination suit involving some 800 women who applied for entry-level jobs at Goodyear's Danville, Ky., plant.
Chemtura Corp. pays $21 million to settle a federal class action suit charging price fixing in the firm's since-sold EPDM business.
Bridgestone/Firestone takes GPX International Tire Corp. to court on accusations the company committed trademark infringements and falsely advertised in regards to Firestone forestry tires.
Goodyear loses one case involving Entran II radiant heating hose systems that plaintiffs claim are defective, and wins another. The cases are the last pending legal action involving the hose.
A federal appeals court affirms a $20.7 million verdict in a pollution case involving the emission of carbon black from a Continental Carbon Co. plant in Alabama. Concarb files for and is denied a rehearing, but the company plans to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cabot Corp. and Columbian Chemicals Co. agree to a joint settlement amounting to $16 million with claimants who alleged the firms conspired to fix prices and allocate carbon black in the U.S.
Tillotson Corp files a complaint May 30 with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which then launched an investigation of 31 international nitrile glove manufacturers for alleged patent infringement.
Michelin loses a $32.4 million verdict to a Louisiana woman who was left a paraplegic from a Labor Day 2002 auto accident, a Donaldsonville, Md., court rules.
A federal district court judge in Des Moines, Iowa, denies a preliminary injunction in a patent infringement case involving a backhoe tire design. Goodyear and Titan Tire Corp. are the plaintiffs, Case New Holland the defendant.
A King County, Washington, jury rules Goodyear must pay a former Seattle store manager nearly $4.4 million for retaliating against her when she complained about a homophobic employee.