Lawsuits

By - 12/24/13 - 10:23 am

Branden Mattier, a South End man arrested in July on charges he tried to defraud the fund set up for Marathon bombing victims, is suing State Police and FedEx for delivering what he says was a bogus check from the fund.

In his suit, filed yesterday in US District Court, Mattier alleges he deserves to be paid several hundred thousand dollars in damages by... Read more

By - 12/23/13 - 1:26 pm
Rand ad

A federal judge has rejected a pro-Israel group's demands that the MBTA be required to immediately post ads that use an Ayn Rand quote to support Israel, because there's nothing wrong with the T's policy to reject any ads that a "reasonable" person would find "demeaning or disparaging" toward a large group of people, such as, say, by calling them savages.

In his ruling,... Read more

By - 12/16/13 - 7:46 am

A woman who bought a $249 emerald ring at the Burlington Jared says it was defective and now she wants the company to pay her and 10,000 other customers more than $5 million in recompense.

In her suit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Catherine O'Connell says the value of her ring "is worth substantially less" than what she paid for it... Read more

By - 12/8/13 - 1:53 pm
Raising Cane One Love

Cause of the love lawsuit.

The estate of reggae star Bob Marley is suing Raising Cane's, which has a franchise on Comm. Ave. near BU, for using "One Love" in its marketing efforts.

In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., charges Raising Cane's, which is best known for chicken fingers, has nothing to do with the reggae star, who died... Read more

By - 11/29/13 - 12:15 pm

AcBel Polytech, which makes power-supply units for large EMC data-storage units, is suing Fairchild Semiconductor over voltage regulators that failed "at an epidemic rate" in late 2010.

AcBel charges that Fairchild replaced perfectly fine components with poorly designed ones that shorted out due to humidity and that it then compounded the problem by not telling anybody it had made the change - or then changed... Read more

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 - 11/8/13 - 8:12 am

A man fed up with getting calls on his cell phone from some search-engine-optimization company is turning to the federal court system for help.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Adam Russell, described as a Middlesex County resident, cited a number of calls from a California company called 29 Prime. Russell says he either gets dead air or... 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

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