Lawsuits/legal

Posted March 25, 2022
The Arizona woman lost an eye and had other injuries she blames on an illegal brake-lever setup.
Screen shot from a 2018 Phantom Bikes Youtube video, since removed.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — An Arizona woman is suing San Diego e-bike company Phantom Bikes and Costco Wholesale for $6 million. Carol Penkert's suit claims her bike came set up so the right brake lever operated the front brake, which caused her to flip over the handlebar and sustain serious injuries. Such a setup is banned by the CPSC.

Posted February 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO (BRAIN) — The group of trail and forest advocates settled its federal lawsuit filed in 2019 against the U.S. Forest Service, whom it said allowed Class 1 e-bikes on non-motorized trails in the Tahoe National Forest without conducting a public study.

Posted January 24, 2022
Photo of an OCP promotion, from court filings.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Samuel J. Mancini, who was arrested last July for securities fraud and other charges related to a plan to invest in cycling companies, is close to a plea deal with prosecutors on some charges, according to court documents.

Posted October 27, 2021
Christian Giron in a police photo.

NORTHVALE, N.J. (BRAIN) — A 24-year-old warehouse worker has been arrested on charges of murder, weapon possession, and hindering his own arrest in connection to the death of fellow 

Posted July 27, 2021
The Denver-based fund planned to acquire De Rosa, De Marchi and Limar.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Samuel J. Mancini, the managing director of a Denver-based fund that had plans to invest in cycling companies, was arrested in Denver last week and faces federal securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering charges.

Posted July 6, 2021
Chad Burnett.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The family of a professional bike fitter and former Colorado Cyclist product line manager who died in custody last year is suing the city of Colorado Springs and four of its police officers.

Posted March 19, 2021
SRAM claims that PCW is infringing on its patent for a rim shape inspired by a humpback whale flipper.
A photo of a Princeton Carbon Wheelworks wheel from the SRAM complaint.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM Inc. is suing Princeton Carbon Works, Inc. for patent infringement. SRAM says that the wavy rim shape on Princeton's carbon road wheels infringes on its patent for a rim shape inspired in part by a humpback whale flipper.

Posted March 4, 2021

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Tour Central Park, which operates a bike rental operation in the city, is suing the landlord at its former Lower Manhattan location, charging that it engaged in "extortionate and predatory leasing practices," among other things.

Posted March 2, 2021

PASADENA, Calif. (BRAIN) — A federal judge dismissed a case last week against the Los Angeles Department of Transportation about its collection of real-time data on micromobility users.

Posted February 5, 2021
The bookkeeper, Joan C. Trower, is charged with schemes netting over $200k.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — A bookkeeper could face up to 20 years in prison after she was indicted for embezzling at least $200,000 from a local bike manufacturer.

Posted January 8, 2021

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing is suing a Massachusetts bike store, CrimsonBikes, LLC. The website developer is charging that CrimsonBikes fraudulently told customers to ask their credit card company for refunds for undelivered bikes. A payment service is holding SmartEtailing liable for $400,000 in chargebacks.

Posted January 8, 2021
Updates with Trek statement.
Bontrager Specter WaveCel helmet.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is being sued for $5 million by a New York man who says the company is making misleading claims that its Bontrager WaveCel helmets are safer than other brands.

Posted December 22, 2020

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (BRAIN) — A former Specialized Bicycle graphic designer is charging that she was terminated in violation of federal and state civil rights and employment laws.

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