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

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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

By - 8/17/13 - 11:11 am

Boston University filed another LED patent lawsuit this week, this time against a company that distributes Samsung's SPHWWTHDD805WHT0GD, SPHWHTHAD603S0R0MZ and, of course, popular SPMWHT221MD5WAP0S0 high-tech lamp components.

As it alleged in its earlier suits against Samsung, HP, LG, Apple, Amazon and two LED manufacturers, Boston University charges the components violate a patent based on the work of BU electrical engineering and computer science... Read more

By - 8/9/13 - 11:39 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the validity of evidence obtained through tapped cell-phone convesations and text messages obtained under the state wiretapping law, written in 1968, before the advent of cell phones or widespread text messaging.

Two alleged coke dealers in Berkshire County had sued to bar the conversations as evidence against them, arguing that because state law doesn't refer to these newfangled ways... Read more

By - 8/9/13 - 10:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Police Commissioner Ed Davis had the right to transfer a sergeant out of the Brighton station even though a provision of his union's contract forbids that without his permission.

The state's highest court said state law, which gives the commissioner"authority over the assignment and organization of the officers within the department" trumps contract language barring the "involuntary" transfer of... Read more

By - 8/9/13 - 9:36 am

A Newton man and his fiancee, who lives in New York, want UPS to reimburse them for the cost of a ring they used UPS to return to a Florida jeweler because it turned out to have the wrong type of diamond.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Aanachal Sharma of Newton and Bhuwan Chawla say the diamond was in... Read more

By - 8/9/13 - 9:15 am

SJ Rotorcraft and Blue Hill Helicopters, based at Norwood Airport, want the government to reimburse them for the cost of a chopper totaled during in a crash on a flight during which one of their prospective pilots was being tested by an FAA inspector.

In a suit filed yesterday in US District Court, the companies allege the inspector, who they say was not qualified to... Read more

By - 8/6/13 - 8:26 am

A woman who graduated Concord-Carlisle High School this year says the school did nothing about a two-year bullying campaign against her that included repeated death threats carved into school walls, smearing feces inside her car and repeatedly keying vulgarities into her car's exterior - once at the local ice-cream stand where she worked.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Isabella... Read more

By - 8/5/13 - 10:54 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a judge's refusal to reduce a filing fee required in medical-malpractice case for two poor families.

In both cases, the judge said the families were so poor they couldn't possibly afford the $6,000 fee, that therefore, their lawyers must be picking up the fee in the hopes of winning settlements and so making them pay the full fee wouldn't... Read more