The mother of a young boy whom a teacher's aide molested at the Martin Luther King School charges the school's principal knew about the allegations but refused to do anything about them - and even kept the aide in the same classroom with her son - until police began investigating the aide over similar allegations at another school.
The Supreme Court today overturned the Massachusetts law that set a buffer zone around abortion clinics as a violation of the First Amendment of protesters.
In its ruling, the court said the buffer zones prevented "personal, caring, consensual conversations with women about various alternatives" to abortion, in violation of the First Amendment and that, in fact, by pushing what the court said were not "protesters"... Read more
A federal appeals court yesterday upheld Worcester regulations to ban "aggressive" panhandling, saying the city was not trying to squelch anybody's free speech but rather protect the public from panhandlers getting up in the grills of motorists and pedestrians.
Boston has similar regulations against in-your-face solicitation.
The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by two homeless Worcester residents and a Worcester School Committee member who... Read more
A company that has a contract with Billy Joel to sell officially authorized Billy Joel concert clothing and tchotchkes yesterday filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against 200 John and Jane Does and "XYZ Company" to keep them from trying to sell Joelware outside the singer's concert next Thursday at Fenway Park.
Defendants John Does 1-100, Jane Does 1-100 and XYZ Company who are sued herein under... Read more
EMC is suing another employee who decided the grass was greener at Pure Storage, a California competitor.
In its latest suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, EMC alleges Jeremy LeBlanc is using the knowledge he learned as "a highly-compensated Senior Systems Engineer" to turn EMC customers into Pure Storage buyers, in violation of the non-compete clause he agreed to when he first... Read more
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports a law firm that grew fat and sassy helping banks foreclose on Massachusetts homeowners is being evicted from its Woburn offices:
Now the well-known foreclosure firm is facing eviction following several tumultuous months that saw forensic accountants investigating its books and the firm bouncing checks, failing to pay employee insurance premiums, and laying off the majority of its lawyers, paralegals... Read more
A woman who bought shares in biotech startup OvaScience, which is investigating a way to treat infertility in older women, charges the company withheld the information the FDA was going to make it hard for the company to conduct human trials on its method, causing her and other investors to lose lots of money when the news finally came out.
Miriam Ratner is seeking... Read more
The owner of Peggy O'Neil's, 1310 Dorchester Ave., agreed to pay the fine to settle a lawsuit charging it with refusing entrance to blacks, Hispanics and Cape Verdeans, the state Attorney General's office announced today.
The Attorney General's office had filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the bar and owner Caron O'Neil in 2011.
According to the complaint, and other pleadings in the case, Peggy... Read more
Keds, which it turns out is headquartered in our very own Lexington, wants Vans to stop putting little blue rectangular logos on the back of its sneakers.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Keds says it's been known for its "Blue Label" logo since 1925 and that the Vans logos might make people think the sneakers have that Keds quality,... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that parent-teacher conferences are not the sort of "public" events that a city can use to protect itself against lawsuits by people who slip and fall while on their way inside to meet with their kids' teachers.
The ruling by the state's highest court means Michelle Wilkins of Haverhill will be allowed to make the case that the city... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate the First Amendment rights of non-believers in part because its origins are in Cold War patriotism, not religion - and in part because nobody in Massachusetts can be forced to recite it.
The state's highest court's ruling comes in the case of an atheist Acton couple who... Read more
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that several black employees of the Boston Police Department who tested positive for cocaine use offered enough proof the tests might have been racially discriminatory to warrant a closer inspection by a judge or jury.
A lower court judge had basically tossed the entire case. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said the numbers... Read more
On Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments on whether it should order the state to allow a referendum this fall to repeal casino gambling.
Attorney General Martha Coakley declined to permit the question on the ballot, saying it would be an illegal "taking" of private property - in this case, the rights casino operators would gain if awarded contracts to run casinos - and... Read more
A weary Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that publisher Jane Daniel does not have to pay Misha Defonseca $22.5 million for bungling a book deal for Defonseca's story of being raised by wolves and killing a Nazi soldier after her Jewish parents were taken away from her and murdered during World War II.
However, Daniel still has to pay Vera Lee - her neighbor... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the owners of a German Shepherd have to pay the $8,000 veterinary bill incurred by the owners of the tiny bichon frise their pet ripped up in Newton in 2008.
The large-breed owners argued that state law should have limited their liability to the "replacement cost" of the smaller dog, which they said was far less than... Read more
John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam in Cambridge, is suing a Maryland biotech company for allegedly eliminating the stock options he got while serving on its board of directors before it went public.
In his suit against MacroGenics, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Marganore says MacroGenics's CEO told him his stock options would not expire until 2016 when he stepped down... Read more
Reach the Beach, which sells wheeled contraptions for getting your beach stuff from the parking lot to the sand, is suing Sam's Club for selling what it says is a patent-infringing, trademark-ruining knockoff.
In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Reach the Beach accuses the wholesale club and one of its importer of devaluing the value of its Wonder Wheeler... Read more
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