In May 2009, Continental Airlines sued nine pilots and their spouses under ERISA to recover pension benefits that the carrier claimed it had paid out based on “sham” divorces. AZA filed a motion to dismiss on behalf of five pilots and their families, arguing that Continental could not recover these pension distributions as a matter of law. AZA also filed counterclaims for wrongful termination and retaliation on behalf of the pilots, seeking reinstatement and monetary damages. A federal court in Houston agreed with AZA’s position and dismissed all of Continental’s claims. The pilots’ counterclaims against Continental are scheduled for trial in June 2010.