Forest River Sues Heartland Recreational Vehicles for Unfair Competition

South Bend, Indiana – As part of a continuing dispute, intellectual property counsel for Forest River, Inc.of Elkhart, IN, has filed a lawsuit accusing Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC of Elkhart, IN, of unfair competition, interference with contractual relations, and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among other claims.

The plaintiff, Forest River, manufactures and sells recreational vehicles (RVs) to dealers, who in turn sell the RVs to consumers, and has begun staging a private trade show in Elkhart. Defendant Heartland is a direct competitor. Allegedly, Heartland improperly obtained, through personal contact and mutual connections, Forest Park’s list of trade show guests, dealers said to be potential Forest River customers, and related proprietary information.

This case has been assigned to Judge Jon E. DeGuilio and Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein in the Northern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 3:10-cv-00409-JD-CAN.

Practice Tip: Unfair competition is an umbrella legal term for a number of deceptive or wrongful business practices which cause economic injury to another party.

Complaint – Forest River Heartland by pauloverhauser on Scribd

Further Information about the case is as follows:


Forest River Inc


Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC

Case Number:



September 29, 2010


Indiana Northern District Court



Presiding Judge:

Jon E DeGuilio

Referring Judge:

Christopher A Nuechterlein

Nature of Suit:

Intellectual Property – Trademark




Federal Question

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