By - 8/2/12 - 11:01 pm

Courts normally don't get involved in religious battles, but in a fight involving copyright law, a federal appeals court today ordered an Eastern Orthodox archbishop in Denver to stop posting online copies of the work of a Brookline monastery.

The Society of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery sued Archbishop Gregory of the Dormition Skete monastery in Denver when he failed to take down copies of... Read more

By - 8/2/12 - 7:48 am

A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated a developer's lawsuit over a state law giving preference to Indian tribes for a casino in the southeastern part of the state.

Although the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected KG Urban Enterprises' request for a preliminary injunction against the state gambling law, it said the company had raised valid questions about the constitutionality of a... Read more

By - 7/31/12 - 8:59 am

Genzyme, which makes a drug to treat a rare genetic disease, yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against a competitor that issued a press release saying its analogous drug is superior.

In the lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Genzyme charged that Shire, an Irish company with an office in Lexington, misrepresented Shire's own clinical studies and that nobody has yet proven that... Read more

By - 7/30/12 - 10:48 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that if Go-Best Assets Ltd. wants the $5 million disgraced lawyer Morris Goldings stole from it, it's going to have to go after him, rather than the bank from which he drained the money.

In its ruling, the state's highest court said Go-Best failed to prove Citizens Bank not only knew Goldings was pulling off fraud when he had... Read more

By - 7/21/12 - 9:37 am

Boston's Economic Development and Industrial Corp. has gone to court to recover what it says is nearly $570,000 in back rent on a floor in a building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park used to make semiconductor wafers.

EDIC, which runs the industrial park, filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Boston yesterday against the US subsidiary of Umicore, a Belgian company, for back... Read more

By - 6/29/12 - 11:10 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Saugus could charge a developer a special fee to connect to its sewer system.

At issue was whether the required payment was a fee, which towns can charge, or a tax, which they cannot, at least not without permission from the legislature.

A lower-court judge ruled the payment was a tax because the money went to help the town... Read more

By - 6/27/12 - 3:15 pm

The family of a man who died from the aftermath of a fight he had nothing to do with at the Lansdowne Pub is suing the bar for $4 million.

Michael DiMaria, 23, was visiting from New York with some friends when they went to the bar in August, 2010. On their way out, Hector Guardiola of South Boston and a member of DiMaria's party... Read more

By - 6/18/12 - 11:07 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Secretary of State Bill Galvin did nothing wrong in 2008 by refusing to print election ballots that listed the actual Libertarian presidential candidate for president that year.

Local Libertarian leader George Phillies had submitted enough signatures to get his own name on the ballot that year, but after he lost the nomination to Bob Barr at the national convention,... Read more

By - 6/15/12 - 10:50 am

In a moral, if not practical, victory for Chuck Turner, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that while the Boston City Council has the right to pass rules on the fitness of members, it went too far in kicking the convicted Roxbury councilor out after he was convicted but before he got his three-year federal extortion sentence.

In a ruling today, the state's... Read more

By - 6/14/12 - 7:43 am

Perfect Curve, a Chinatown company that sells accessories for maintaining your collection of baseball caps, is suing the owner of a mall chain that sells baseball caps for selling allegedly patent-violating knockoffs.

In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Perfect Curve said it had long sold cap storage devices and deodorizers to Hat World, Inc. - which owns the Lids... Read more

By - 6/6/12 - 8:20 am

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, R&B legend Herb Reed demanded a Florida promoter stop advertising it could get him to appear in concerts.

Reed, a longtime Arlington resident, died Monday, so presumably that part of the suit becomes moot, although there's still the question of damages sought for alleged past practices.

The suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, charges the company falsely listed... Read more

By - 6/5/12 - 7:47 pm

Boston has paid a man arrested while videoing police in Roxbury $33,000 to settle his civil-rights lawsuit, the man's lawyer says.

In his suit, filed last fall in US District Court in Boston, Maury Paulino alleged he was punched to the ground and kneed in the face when he began videoing police outside the B-2 station after the friend he'd come to bail out... Read more

By - 6/4/12 - 6:09 pm

A federal appeals court said today a state contract with a Globe subsidiary to include ads in car-registration renewal notices a few years back did not violate a federal law aimed at protecting the privacy of drivers' personal information.

The ads included with the registration notice for his 1998 Toyota so offended Matthew Downing that he found a lawyer to file a class-action lawsuit against... Read more

By - 5/31/12 - 10:29 am

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled today that depriving same-sex spouses of federal benefits available to other spouses violates their equal protection rights.

By - 5/19/12 - 4:12 pm

MIT yesterday sued two TV makers for refusing to pay licensing fees on digital-television patents it was granted in the 1990s.

In lawsuits against Funai - which makes Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania, Emerson, Funai, and Symphonic products - and Vizio - MIT says it held four patents at the heart of American digital television and that it's owed licensing fees and penalties because the two companies... Read more

By - 5/18/12 - 7:52 am

The shrinking Phoenix Media Group still has one possible ace in the hole - a patent lawsuit against Facebook that, if successful, would give it ownership over one of the most fundamental parts of social networking.

At issue is a patent held by Phoenix subsidiary People2People on the concept of creating a personal page on a Web site.

People2People, then known as Tele-Publishing,... Read more

By - 5/16/12 - 9:13 am

Who could forget that McDonald's commercial with the singing fish? Not Daniel Thomas Calden of Norwood, who says the ad agency that came up with it ripped off his idea, to the tune of $20 million in damages.

In his copyright-infringement lawsuit, originally filed in state court but now in US District Court in Boston, Calden says the ad by Arnold Worldwide of Boston is... Read more

By - 5/9/12 - 8:17 am

A resident of the West End apartment complex has filed what she hopes will become a class-action lawsuit against her landlord over a $500 "amenity fee" that supposedly helps pay for a fitness center, concierge and freight elevator, but which she says violates a Massachusetts tenant-rights law.

In her lawsuit against Equity Residential Management, Cheryl Miller says the company's tenants are owed more than $5... Read more

By - 5/7/12 - 11:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the city of Newton will have to show a lower court why it shouldn't be made to pay a softball player for serious injuries caused by a tree falling on him while he was waiting his turn at bat.

Edward Marcus sued Newton for negligence for the two broken vertebrae and two broken shoulder blades he suffered in July... Read more

By - 5/4/12 - 6:22 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today gave a probate judge permission to block a Cape woman from setting up a competitor to her ex-husband's feed and grain business as part of the divorce settlement.

The ruling does not mean the woman will now have to give up the feed and grain she set up - in the same building from which her husband's concern was evicted... Read more