Lawsuits

By - 12/18/14 - 8:12 am

WBZ reports on the suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, which charges the elevator door was already loose when Elisabeth Scott brushed against it, lost her balance and fell two stories onto the top of an elevator, suffering major brain injuries.

In an August hearing, city officials said they did not know why the door opened.... Read more

By - 12/11/14 - 11:01 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that police in Falmouth did nothing wrong when they handcuffed a man's arms behind his back when they arrested him for not paying a traffic ticket - which it turns out he had, only the city in question hadn't recorded the payment.

The man, arrested in his bedroom, had asked to be handcuffed in front because he was worried... Read more

By - 12/8/14 - 10:06 am

Scott Lively, who got 19,000 votes in last month's race for governor, last week lost a bid to have a lawsuit charging him with crimes against humanity dismissed.

In 2012, an American group called the Center for Constitutional Rights, representing a Ugandan group called Sexual Minorities Uganda, sued Lively in US District Court in Boston over his role in promoting a Ugandan law that ... Read more

By - 12/6/14 - 8:34 pm

The Globe reports on Somerville's suit against the state gaming commission, over one of the owners of the land Wynn's casino will go on.

By - 12/5/14 - 11:23 am

NOTE: Headline changed to reflect the fact it was the US government, not the Chinese, that wouldn't let the family return here.

A Chinese CFO who rented a house in Belmont for a year owes the landlord rent for the entire year, even though she and her family found themselves stuck in China midway through the year after the US would not grant them visas... Read more

By - 11/28/14 - 6:14 pm

The Globe reports Boston University has gone to court to try to block a City Council subpoena requiring President Robert Brown to show up at a council committee hearing on Tuesday.

The council demanded Brown's presence after Councilor Tito Jackson reported he had been disrespected by Brown when Brown sent him a note the afternoon before an earlier council hearing that Brown could... Read more

By - 11/26/14 - 8:04 am

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on a class-action lawsuit filed against the car service over an $8.75 fee, allegedly to reimburse drivers for Massport fees, on all trips to and from the airport.

According to the lawsuit, Massport doesn't add a surcharge to any drop offs and only charges Uber drivers who are also licensed as livery drivers for pickups - and even then, at... Read more

By - 11/22/14 - 11:14 am

A Roslindale man and a Reading woman are suing Proctor and Gamble and Gillette over the risk that their Duracell batteries might leak some time over the next ten years.

Jamal Yusuf and Lauren Carlson are seeking to become lead plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit for more than $5 million in alleged damages over the fact that labels on packages of "Copper Top" batteries with... Read more

By - 11/22/14 - 10:38 am
Hub pen drawing

Kids, don't copy this at home.

A Braintree company that makes 100 million pens a year for promotional giveaways is suing a New York competitor for patent infringement over the shape of its pens.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Hub Pen Co. alleges that Empire USA Pen and Promotions blatantly copied the design of Hub's Javelina line of promotional pens, for which Hub... Read more

By - 11/20/14 - 8:13 am
Whey supplement

A Peabody man is making a federal case out of what he says is whey powder bulked up with a substance that only makes the stuff seem like it's full-on whey.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, Michael Daley is seeking to become the lead plaintiff in a class-action case against New Whey Nutrition, LLC of Ovledo, Fla.

Daley alleges that... Read more

By - 11/15/14 - 10:45 am

A federal appeals court has barred a California lawyer from appearing in federal courts in New England - and Puerto Rico - after finding he lied to a judge about what he scribbled on a legal pad to a client being deposed in a lawsuit.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit means that Jeffrey Ryan of Mountain View, CA,... Read more

By - 11/12/14 - 11:22 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that five seafood companies are on the hook to Boston for several years' worth of back taxes on their operations at the Massport-owned Fish Pier.

The five companies have not paid any taxes to Boston - save for one company's single payment - since 1998. The city did nothing to try to collect back taxes until 2004, when the... Read more

By - 11/6/14 - 11:29 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today tossed a lawsuit by Skyhook Wireless of South Boston against Google, saying the company failed to prove Google maliciously tried to keep its location services off Android phones in 2009 and 2010.

If anything, the court ruled, the fault was entirely Skyhook's, for failing to ensure its software would work properly with the application programming interfaces Google wrote for... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 11:20 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today that the First Amendment trumps a state law that lets officials order the removal of billboards along highways.

The ruling means a billboard company can continue a lawsuit over the regulations even though the state has never ordered any of its billboards removed.

A lower-court judge had dismissed Van Wagner Communications suit against the state Department of Transportation and... Read more

By - 10/19/14 - 12:42 pm

A woman and a teen are suing Backpage.com, alleging the service not only let their pimps sell them hundreds of times for sex in the Boston area but is going out of its way to make it easier for pimps to traffic minors and evade arrest.

In the suit, filed last week in US District Court, a 17-year-old identified as Jane Doe No. 1 and... Read more

By - 10/10/14 - 1:31 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that supermarkets cannot shush away signature collectors from their entrances, because they are public spaces where state constitutional rights apply.

The ruling comes in the case of Steven Glovsky, who was told by the manager of the Westwood Roche Bros. in 2012 that he could not collect signatures there for his run for the governor's council.

The state's highest... Read more

By - 10/9/14 - 10:42 am
Dole Mandarin Orange packaging

A Middlesex County resident who claims to have been shocked to discover ascorbic acid and citric acid added to packages of Dole's "Mandarin Oranges in 100% Juice" is, of course, suing.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Benjamin Mahan says Dole's packaging, which claims the products contain "all natural" fruit, violate federal and Massachusetts food-labeling laws because of the... Read more

By - 10/6/14 - 11:53 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today ordered a new trial to determine how much the MBTA owes a woman who suffered serious neck injuries when Green Line operator Aiden Quinn plowed through a red light and crashed into another trolley in 2009, saying her lawyer manipulated the jury's emotions by repeatedly raising issues not supported by any evidence during the trial.

"The sheer number... Read more

By - 10/2/14 - 7:57 am

A man who twice bought shoes at the Payless store in Natick is suing the chain for allegedly violating a state law that prohibits companies from requiring address information for credit-card purchases.

In his lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Jeffrey Scolnick is seeking to become lead plaintiff in a class action he says could result in more than a $5-million... Read more

By - 10/2/14 - 7:47 am
Avid

Avid Technology of Burlington, which makes tools for managing movies, audio tracks and other media files, says a California file-sharing company not only poached some of its employees, it's illegally using its proprietary software.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Avid accuses Gobbler of copyright and trademark violations and of violating the non-compete agreements four former Avid... Read more

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