Lawsuits

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, wants the government to reimburse them for the 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... 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

By - 8/3/13 - 12:47 pm

Two Delta flight attendants based at Logan Airport charge the airline would only pay them for time they spent in the air and say they're owed back wages for all the time they worked before and after flights.

Nancy DeSaint of Cranston, RI and Barbara Keenan of Salem filed a class-action lawsuit last month in Suffolk Superior Court. Delta moved this week to have the... Read more

By - 8/2/13 - 9:28 am

Boston University yesterday sued two more companies for allegedly violating a 1997 patent it holds on a technique for building LEDs.

In its suits against Hewlett-Packard and LG, filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges the companies are selling products that use the same process to create thin films of gallium arsenide as described in its patent, based on the work of... Read more

By - 7/25/13 - 10:07 am

The federal government says a wind turbine at a dormant mixed-use development in Chelsea isn't generating as much electricity as its owners claimed and is demanding the return of more than half the money the project got from a federal stimulus program.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, the US Attorney's office demands the return of $372,000 in American Recovery... Read more

By - 7/25/13 - 9:35 am

USO, the non-profit group that provides off-hours relaxation and "Care packages" for members of the US military, is suing Revere-based NECCO, alleging the company kept advertising "Red White and You" Sweetheart candies as benefiting service members even after a deal between the two lapsed.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday, USO acknowledges NECCO donated $75,000 to the organization in 2009... Read more

By - 7/19/13 - 11:30 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today slapped a Dedham company that fired a worker because it didn't want to bear the insurance costs of his wife's brain-tumor treatment.

Marc Flagg sued AliMed under the state's anti-discrimination law, arguing that firing him for taking care of his wife and their daughter amounted to workplace discrimination. A lower-court judge dismissed his claim, but the court's ruling today reinstates... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 11:24 am

First Richard Goren won a ruling in state court that an alleged review of his services on a site called Ripoff Report was libelous - and that the copyright for that review be transferred to him. Now Goren is suing the site in federal court, alleging its violating his copyright and demanding it take down the post.

In his suit, filed yesterday in US District... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 9:35 am

TechTarget of Newton says three former executives stole its proprietary information to build a competing business and filed suit yesterday to get them to knock it off. The executives, who now run a company called Prelytix, countered with their own suit, saying TechTarget is not all that, that they've built a new business based entirely on software they bought from another company and that a... Read more

By - 7/15/13 - 11:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can order e-mail providers such as Google hand over the complete e-mail records of people under indictment - if they're being investigated for additional charges and under strict supervision to ensure they don't get a look at any messages between the defendants and their lawyers.

The ruling comes in the case of the owner and an employee... Read more

By - 7/11/13 - 7:24 am

WCVB this week sued Aereo, which recently began a service to let people watch Boston TV stations, charging the company is ripping off the station's valuable local programming.

In its suit, filed in US District Court, WCVB says other companies that rebroadcast its programs do so only after paying a fee.

Aereo's service undermines the purposes served by the Copyright Act by exposing copyright

... Read more
By - 7/4/13 - 8:47 am

A Boston lawyer is suing Verizon over a monthly fee it imposed for the privilege of being able to make long-distance phone calls.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court, Brian Lenfest says the company should reimburse him and all other businesspeople it charged for the $10 "monthly minimum charge for long distance."

Lenfest says that while his statements say that in months... Read more

By - 7/4/13 - 8:27 am

In the latest lawsuit against a retail chain for its use of Zip codes, a woman who used to like shopping at the Gap in Wellesley is suing over mailings she never asked for.

In her suit, originally filed in state court but transferred to US District Court in Boston, Molly Karp says she shopped at the Wellesley Gap ten times over the past four... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 9:56 am

A Mansfield company that makes systems for depositing thin coatings on things says Gillette is violating its patents in the way it makes its Fusion ProGlide razor blades extra sharp.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Zond says it had extensive talks with Gillette about using its plasma technology to apply thin films to razor blades, but then Gillette... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:32 am

Boston University, which has been busy filing patent lawsuits against high-tech companies in recent months, yesterday added Apple to its legal sights.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges that the LEDs used in the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air violate a patent it holds based on the work of Theodore Moustakas, one of its electrical engineering... Read more

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