Lawsuits

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

By - 9/13/13 - 7:18 am

Three people who complied with orders from store clerks to hand over their Zip codes or risk not having their purchases go through are now suing over the junk mail they subsequently got.

The suits, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston by the same Chicago law firm, say Payless, Lowes and Pet Smart stores in Woburn violated the state's consumer-privacy law by using... Read more

By - 9/12/13 - 9:28 am

In lawsuits filed yesterday, several Massachusetts residents accused the two chains of requiring them to hand over their Zip codes to buy stuff with credit cards and then using the digits to ferret out their home addresses and mercilessly send them junk mail.

The suits, both filed in US District Court by the same Chicago law firm, note that earlier this year, the Supreme Judicial... Read more

By - 9/10/13 - 8:34 am

Can you tell which one of these is 100% earthy crunchy?Can you tell which one of these is 100% eco-friendly?

Converse is making a federal case out of a Jamaica Plain company's 100% organic sneakers that it says looks so much like... Read more

By - 9/10/13 - 7:35 am

Ahold, USA, the Quincy-based parent of Stop & Shop, is suing the maker of a popular anti-acne drug, charging it's conspired to keep prices up by buying off competitors and filing bogus paperwork to stall federal approval of generic competitors.

In its suit, filed yesterday in US District Court, Ahold alleges that Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., which makes the oral antibiotic Solodyn paid one generic... Read more

By - 9/4/13 - 8:11 am

It's the money, the Daily Free Press reports. Plus, the patent they're suing over expires next year.

By - 8/23/13 - 9:40 am

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor who developed the Creative Commons alternative to traditional copyright, yesterday sued an Australian music company that got YouTube to block a video of a lecture he gave because it included five seconds of music from one of its artists.

In his suit against Liberation Music, filed yesterday in US District Court, Lessig said the brief segment in... Read more

By - 8/21/13 - 4:01 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court said today a developer can proceed with plans for a mixed-use development next to St. James Episcopal Church at Massachusetts Avenue and Beech Street that will involve destruction of a historic garden but which will provide money for renovating the "fragile" church.

The Cambridge Historical Commission designated the Romanesque-revival church as "historic" in 2010 as part of an agreement to allow... Read more

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