Lawsuits

By - 11/25/13 - 11:50 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that a Newton man who sells perfume can continue his state lawsuit against a New Yorker he says owes him nearly $530,000 for perfume shipped but never paid for.

A lower-court judge had agreed with the defendant that Massachusetts had no jurisdiction in the case because he had no offices in Massachusetts and paid no taxes to our fair... Read more

By - 11/24/13 - 6:23 pm

The town of Lexington has sued a Louisiana firetruck company, alleging the company sold it a lemon of a firetruck that has problems ranging from steering, transmission and brake failures to a water gun going off by itself.

In its suit, filed earlier this month, the town wants Ferrara Fire Apparatus to reimburse it the $500,000 cost of Engine 2, the $465,000 Town Meeting... Read more

By - 11/20/13 - 2:27 pm

No more housing, Brookline says in suit against both the developer and the state agency that approved it, Wicked Local reports.

The apartment complex is split between South Brookline and West Roxbury; all of the new units would be on the Brookline side.

By - 11/11/13 - 9:23 am
Similar?

A local firm that says it holds the copyright to one particular Hummel figurine in the US is suing U-Haul and and a bubble-wrap company because they sell boxes of bubble wrap that feature an image that looks like the figurine.

In the lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Boston Copyright Associates LLC says the similarity was no coincidence: U-Haul and... Read more

By - 11/7/13 - 9:43 am
The ad that upset the RWNJs

The ad that doesn't call Israelis savages.

RWNJ ad

An anti-Muslim group described by the ADL as extremist is suing the MBTA for the right to hang ads calling Palestinians "savages."

In the suit, filed Monday in US District Court and first spotted by Boston Magazine, the New Hampshire-based American Freedom Defense Initiative says the T rejected the ad - which uses a quote by Ayn Rand - and that this is... Read more

By - 11/6/13 - 2:56 pm
EMC

EMC this week sued a Silicon Valley startup on charges it illegally hired away EMC workers to gain access to EMC trade secrets.

In a suit filed in US District Court in Boston, the Hopkinton-based data-storage vendor asks a judge to smack Pure Storage with a legal stick, specifically, the return of all the proprietary EMC information it alleges Pure now has, a prohibition on... Read more

By - 11/3/13 - 6:58 pm

A California photographer who claims the BSO owes him lots of money for the photographs it used for some Boston Pops concerts last year is, of course, suing.

The BSO replies that the photographer offered his work for free in exchange for letting him use the BSO name to try to drum up sponsorships for the "Visions of America" concerts. Since he couldn't find any... Read more

By - 10/27/13 - 12:36 pm

A Lawrence company that sells a gizmo for tuning drums says a guy who sells a smartphone app for tuning drums is violating its patent.

In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Overtone Labs, which makes the Tune-bot, says Eric Rosebrock of Kissimmee, FL, knows full well that his iDrumTech Drum Tuner violates its drum tuner patent... Read more

By - 10/23/13 - 8:32 am
Cue

Cue Acoustics, a Woburn maker of home audio systems, is suing General Motors for promoting something it calls the Cadillac User Experience, or CUE.

In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Cue says that because the GM CUE includes an audio system, would-be buyers could be confused and think they were buying a Cue product. The company says it asked... Read more

By - 10/22/13 - 7:26 am
EMC

Alleging a conspiracy by a rival in Silicon Valley, Hopkinton-based EMC has unleashed a barrage of lawsuits against former salespeople it says left with proprietary EMC information.

In the latest suit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, EMC charges that Chadwick Johnson, a former salesman in Texas, took with him, among other things, a spreadsheet with 93,000 entries of "names, purchase histories, deal... Read more

By - 10/10/13 - 7:34 am

A former maintenance worker and ride operator at one of New England's largest carnival operators says he was forced to work up to 95 hours a week, but was never paid overtime.

In a lawsuit against Fiesta Shows, Jorge Pilar Garcia is seeking back overtime for himself and some 200 other carnival workers. He filed the suit in June in state court; it was moved... Read more

By - 10/5/13 - 8:45 am

Woodman spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough;
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now;
'Twas my fore father's hand
That placed it near the cot,
There, woodman, let it stand,
Thy axe shall harm it not!

-- Woodman! Spare that Tree!

The Globe reports a judge has ordered the city to... Read more

By - 10/4/13 - 8:01 am

The Neighborhoods, one of the mainstays of the 1970s and 1980s rock scene in Boston, are suing Sony Music for alleged trademark infringement because it is now pushing a band called the Neighbourhood.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Neighborhoods members David Minehan, Lee Harrington and John Lynch - all still living in the Boston area and still performing -... Read more

By - 10/4/13 - 7:31 am

A group of East Boston clamdiggers yesterday sued Massport and a company that gases up jet planes for a fuel spill they say ruined some of the most productive clam beds in Boston Harbor - and possibly jeopardized the future of the clamming in the entire state.

The Boston Clamdiggers Association says that until the Oct. 7, 2010 spill, clam beds on flats next... Read more

By - 10/1/13 - 7:31 am

Boston-based Scvngr, which sells a system that lets smartphone users pay for purchases, is suing an Illinois company before it can sue Svngr for patent infringement.

Scvngr, maker of the LevelUp payment system, accused eCharge Licensing, LLC of being nothing more than a patent troll trying to extort money from true innovators based on patents that should have been laid to rest years ago,... Read more

By - 9/26/13 - 8:46 am
LoopedIn vs. LinkedIn

PXT Payments, an Andover company that sells a mobile payment system called LoopedIn, is suing LinkedIn for the right to be left alone.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, LoopedIn said LinkedIn has been pestering it to change its name with almost the same fervor with which it fills user inboxes with "endorsements" and that it's finally had... Read more

By - 9/21/13 - 12:13 pm

Over the past few months, Boston University has taken a somewhat leisurely approach to filing lawsuits over its patent on making a component of LEDs, suing Apple here, lobbing a lawsuit at Amazon there.

Yesterday, though, BU opened the floodgates, filing nine separate lawsuits in US District Court against Acer, BlackBerry, Canon, Dell, Fujifilm and some companies few people have heard... Read more

By - 9/21/13 - 10:51 am

The Boston company that long handled public relations for troubled BlackBerry yesterday sued the phone maker for the $700,000 in unpaid bills it says it's owed.

In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Brodeur and Coville, LLC, says BlackBerry demanded it provide extra service as the former RIM tried to release the BlackBerry 10 phone in a last ditch effort to... Read more

By - 9/17/13 - 8:27 am

Village Pizza House of Brookline Village says when it decided to change Web-design firms, it learned the old one had taken control of its domain name and then not only refused to give it up, but changed it to harm the pizza place's business.

Now the pizza place wants a slice out of EIC of New York: It filed a lawsuit in US District Court... Read more

By - 9/13/13 - 11:56 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the verdict for the death of a 29-year mother who died after the portable pool slide she was going down at a family gathering in Andover partially collapsed, severing her spinal cord.

The state's highest court said that in establishing that Robin Aleo's widower had suffered $2.6 million in damages due to his wife's 2006 death, a punitive award... Read more

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