Lawsuits

By - 9/21/14 - 12:48 pm

The Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center is suing its insurance company for refusing to reimburse it for the $763,000 a one-time accountant for the center embezzled between 2003 and 2008.

The Hartford Insurance Co. told the center it won't pay the claim because the center's policies excluded theft of money by employees.

In a suit originally filed last month in Suffolk Superior Court, the... Read more

By - 9/20/14 - 7:27 pm

Nancy Gair, who spent seven years as an instructor at the local Isis Parenting centers, says the company owes her and other workers back pay after it suddenly shut down in January.

In a lawsuit against former Isis managers and investors filed in US District Court in Boston this week, Gair is seeking to become lead plaintiff for roughly 200 hourly Isis employees who,... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 10:33 am

Wicked Local Brookline brings us up to date on the war between Brookline and the owners of Hancock Village, who want to add 184 apartments to the Brookline side of the complex, including some in a five-story building that selectmen say is completely out of character in a part of town where single-family homes and two-story townhouses are the norm.... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 8:42 am

Blauer Manufacturing, based in the Fenway, holds two patents on a lightweight system for concealed armor for police and is suing a New York competitor it alleges sells a product that violates the patents.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Blauer wants a judge to order Spiewak to stop selling the competing product forthwith and... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 1:29 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered the sale of a Lexington house in a victory for siblings of a man who claimed their late mother signed the house over to him years ago.

When several of the woman's six children moved to sell the house as she directed in her will and a real-estate trust she set up before her death, one of the brothers... Read more

By - 9/15/14 - 10:45 am

In a victory for the manufacturer of electric cars, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today dealers of other types of cars have no grounds to block the company's efforts to sell vehicles directly to consumers.

Massachusetts car dealers had sued Tesla Motors under a state law designed to protect dealers from predatory actions by manufacturers.

But the state's highest court said the law only... Read more

By - 9/13/14 - 10:39 am

A Boston man who used to drink Blue Diamond Growers’ Almond Breeze Shelf Stable Chocolate Almond Milk says he was shocked into suing when he discovered that what Blue Diamond called "evaporated cane juice" was, in fact, processed sugar, and that the allegedly "all natural" product also contained potassium citrate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D-2 and Vitamin D-Alpha-Tocopherol.

Casley Vass is seeking to become lead... Read more

By - 9/8/14 - 11:29 am

UPDATE: Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports lead plaintiff Eve Plumb is the actress who played Jan Brady on the Brady Bunch.

The Supreme Judicial Court said today that current state law protects artists whose art gets tangled up in the bankruptcy of the studios that were trying to sell the works.

In a memo to a US Bankruptcy Court judge handling the Chapter 7 bankruptcy... Read more

By - 8/31/14 - 10:10 am

A couple who used to shop at the Melrose Shaw's is suing the chain's parent companies over a massive credit-card breach disclosed earlier this month - saying they never would have shopped at the store if they'd known it was overseen by a bunch of incompetent boobs unable to learn from previous retail breaches or even apply industry-standard security measures.

Joanne and Thomas St... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 1:20 pm

A man who might not be able to renew his car registration in October because of fines he's being assessed for parking at the Campello station sued the MBTA, LAZ and the collection agency the T is using this week, charging he and many other riders are being unfairly charged penalties even though they actually made the daily payment for parking.

In his suit, filed... Read more

By - 8/23/14 - 2:38 pm
Offending statement on the side of a bottle of Coke.

On the side of a 2-liter bottle of Coke.

A Boston man and a Chelmsford woman this week sued Coca Cola, alleging its flagship product is misleading and manipulating consumers into drinking it.

In their suit, filed in US District Court, Damiano DiPaola of Boston and Michelle Marino of Chelmsford both said they were regular Coke drinkers until they learned it was made with phosphoric acid, a preservative and tartness enhancer they say violates... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 11:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a company that wants to operate amphibious sightseeing tours in Boston has to first get permission from the Boston police commissioner.

Nautical Tours has been trying to win permission to carry sightseers around the Hub since 2007, when it first asked the state Department of Public Utilities for a license to serve Boston.

The department said the company... Read more

By - 8/16/14 - 11:01 am

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on the content of messages to and from Post editors over the photo of those two local high-school kids fingered as Marathon-bombing suspects on the paper's front page who turned out to have nothing at all to do with the bombing.

By - 8/15/14 - 11:17 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today set out new rules by which criminal defendants whose cases are dismissed or terminated can have their records sealed - with the goal of making it easier to do so if they can prove they're unable to get a job or housing because of those records.

The state's highest court issued the new guidelines in reaction to a Dorchester man's... Read more

By - 8/13/14 - 10:22 am

An Emerson student who says she was raped by a fellow student in 2012 is suing the college under federal equal-education and crime-reporting laws.

In her suit, filed this week in US District Court, Jillian Doherty alleges she "endured months of pain and suffering following the attack, and that suffering continues today" as a result of both a 2012 attack and by what she says... Read more

By - 8/13/14 - 8:11 am

The Globe reports the Beacon Hill Civic Association filed suit yesterday against the handicap access ramps the city started installing, also yesterday.

The group alleges the ramps don't fit in with the historic nature of the august neighborhood, that there are alternative designs that are less icky and that the city failed to get OKs from the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, the Massachusetts... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 8:59 am

AsymmetRx Medical, an Acton company that holds a patent on an antibody used to diagnose prostate cancer, is suing Santa Cruz Biotechnology of Dallas on charges the Texas company offers a product that uses the same basic idea.

In its lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, AsymmetRx, founded on the work of a Harvard researcher, says Santa Cruz started selling... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 1:06 pm
Whole Foods yogurt cup

Label on a Whole Foods yogurt cup Knox says he bought last month.

A Brookline man who charges Whole Foods duped him into buying its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt by claiming it has far less sugar than it really does didn't just walk into his local Whole Foods demanding a refund - he filed a federal class-action lawsuit demanding the chain accurately label its yogurt and pay him, other purchasers and his lawyers millions of dollars... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 12:44 pm

Two former employees of Papa Gino's allege the local chain avoided paying them overtime for work weeks that sometimes spanned 70 hours by classifying them as "managers" even though they weren't managers.

Jean Max Similien of Stoughton and Jay Jenks of Dedham filed what they hope will become a class-action suit last week in US District Court in Boston.

Similien said he worked for the... Read more

By - 7/26/14 - 6:13 pm

Alexander Yershov says he never gave the newspaper permission to divulge any of his personal information, yet its Android app forwards all sorts of data about him to Adobe Systems.

So, of course, he is suing.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Yershov wants to be name lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against USA Today - and is... Read more

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