Lawsuits

By - 4/16/14 - 9:44 am
Maidenform

A pair of Massachusetts women are suing two "shapeware" makers, saying they were mightily put out, both monetarily and physically, when the allegedly nutrient-infused underwear they bought did not actually burn their fat or improve their skin tone.

In their suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Annique Bellot and Tara Stefani are seeking more than $5 million in damages for themselves... Read more

By - 4/10/14 - 11:09 am

To a layman, the case might sound simple: A guy climbs stairs to his apartment, but leans on the guardrail, which breaks and sends him plummeting to pavement below, resulting in serious injuries - and a lawsuit against his landlords.

But in a decision today, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled his landlords are not liable for his injuries under a state law mandating compliance... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 11:37 am
Old North Church

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the group that runs free tours of Old North Church is not liable for the injuries a Georgia tourist suffered when she tripped on a pew riser in 2006, because it's covered under a state law that exempts sites that offer free access or tours from injury liability.

In her lawsuit, Linda Patterson argued that the tour... Read more

By - 3/31/14 - 5:28 pm

A Saudi citizen currently living in Revere is suing conservative radio host Glenn Beck, alleging Beck kept identifying him as the financial backer of the Marathon bombings long after federal officials decided he had nothing to do with them - except to be injured when the bombs went off.

In a libel lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Abdulrahman Alharbi says... Read more

By - 3/27/14 - 11:11 am

In unusually harsh language, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered the Boston Housing Authority to restore the Section 8 housing voucher of a man who physically could not have attended hearings it held on his case because he was in jail at the time.

The court found the authority violated its own regulations for how to hold hearings and misled Melvin Furtick on whether he... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 11:04 am

The Supreme Judicial Court says the state can't expand its online database of sex offenders with the names of "Level 2" offenders convicted before the governor signed a law to add information on such offenders to the system last year.

In a ruling today, the state's highest court said that adding existing Level 2 offenders to the database - which until last year only listed... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 10:55 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a lawsuit by the town of Hanover against a union that helped finance a lawsuit against the town over construction of a new high school.

The state's highest court ruled that the New England Regional Council of Carpenters has protection under a state law against lawsuits aimed at quashing citizens' First Amendment rights to seek government action to... Read more

By - 3/17/14 - 3:29 pm

For the second time in three months, a federal judge has said the company that manages advertising for the T did nothing to violate the First Amendment in rejecting an ad from a New Hampshire group that compares Palestinians to savages.

Only this time, Judge Nathaniel Gorton signaled he's getting a little sick of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sued the T a second... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 8:30 pm

Two doctors who did their residency at Children's Hospital say the hospital owes them and hundreds of other doctors thousands of dollars apiece in improperly withheld taxes between 1995 and 2005.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Suffolk Superior Court, Dr. Danette Colella, now in practice on the South Shore, and Dr. Cara Barone, now in practice in California, say the problem is not... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 3:22 pm

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected a lawsuit by several animal-rights activists seeking to overturn a federal law aimed at terrorism against companies that use animals because mere fear of possible prosecution under the law is just not enough.

In its ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said this means the e five activists have no standing to sue... Read more

By - 3/5/14 - 8:07 am

A Dorchester woman has gotten so sick of what she says are incessant calls from a debt-collection company over some other woman's debts that she's sued to make the calls stop.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, the woman says that even if she were the person who owes money, the repeated calls from Federal Bond and Collection Service, Inc.... Read more

By - 2/28/14 - 9:45 am

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Derrick Sims alleges that Hangtime barraged him and other innocent phone users with large numbers of bogus text messages to try to get them to download its friend-connecting app:

Over the course of an extended period of time beginning in at least 2013, Defendant and its agents directed the mass transmission of

... Read more
By - 2/27/14 - 12:30 pm

A man who says a large pavement "rut" caused him to tumble off his bicycle in Brookline is plumb out of luck trying to get somebody to pay for his injuries, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today.

Tom Filepp sued what is now National Grid over injuries he says he incurred in 2005 when he tumbled off his bicycle due to a two-inch gap in... Read more

By - 2/14/14 - 11:51 am

A New York company that makes ink it says can be used to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones is suing a Boston company that uses ink to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Touchpac charges that Touchbase Technologies, run by participants in an MIT... Read more

By - 2/8/14 - 5:41 pm

A group that couldn't get a federal judge to force the MBTA to run ads calling Palestinians "savages" has filed another federal lawsuit trying to get the judge to force the MBTA to run a similar ad.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative filed its second suit in US District Court in Boston yesterday after the T's ad agency agreed to modify its original ad,... Read more

By - 2/4/14 - 8:17 pm

Members of the Norwood Elks lodge and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America are battling in court over ownership of the local lodge building.

Local members filed suit in state court last month to keep the national organization from forcing a change in their charter that could let the national organization take control of the Winslow Avenue building... Read more

By - 2/1/14 - 11:32 am

EMC, the Hopkinton-based storage technology company, is asking a federal judge to let it bar a California man's proposed change in its governance from its annual proxy statements.

And it's asking the judge in US District Court in Boston to make it snappy, because the statements need to go out to shareholders by the end of March.

EMC says that even ignoring the fact that... Read more

By - 1/26/14 - 2:25 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear an appeal from a man who says a decision by Roche Bros. to bar him from collecting signatures for his election campaign outside one of its stores violates his rights under the Massachusetts constitution, Associated Press reports.

Steven Glovsky of Wayland says Roche Bros. wouldn't let him collect signatures in a run for the governor's council... Read more

By - 1/22/14 - 7:35 pm

A Peabody company that takes old stuff off the hands of tech companies and then resells it says the troubled Canadian phone maker accepted its bid for old memory units - then tried to extort more money after the company had already committed to sell the memory to its own customers.

In its suit, filed yesterday in US District Court, CNE Direct said that... Read more

By - 1/18/14 - 1:22 pm

An Ohio woman is suing the Marriott Long Wharf for what she says was permanent colon damage caused by a toothpick in a hamburger she ordered through room service during a 2010 stay.

In her lawsuit, originally filed in Suffolk Superior Court but transferred this week to US District Court, Rebecca Robinson-Brown of Columbus, OH, says she ordered a burger and kettle fries on Dec.... Read more

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