A Brookline software company run out of its founder's house yesterday sued the makers of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty for patent infringement. Worlds Inc. alleges the two games violates patents it's received between 2007 and last December for creating and controlling 3D avatars in online environments. It's seeking unspecified, but not doubt large, damages and lawyer's fees.
Its most... Read more
The city has agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees over the way he was arrested in 2007 while using a cell phone to record police making an arrest on Boston Common, the ACLU of Massachusetts reports.
A federal judge in Boston yesterday ruled a federal contract with a Catholic charity to administer a program to aid people brought here as prostitutes violates the First Amendment because the charity ordered subcontractors not to refer victims for abortions or birth control.
The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Massachusetts. Although the government's contract with the United States Conference of... Read more
A Florida woman is suing Concord-based Vibram USA over its Vibram FiveFingers sneakers, claiming they not only fail to provide the health benefits the company claims, they can lead to injuries among people who fail to adjust their gait while using them.
In her suit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Valerie Bezdek does not specify how she became "damaged" while using the... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Tufts University had every right to bar the door to a lecture to a veterinarian who'd refused to pay its veterinary school for treating her horse.
Ed. note: Post updated to clarify that the ruling was only on the poles between 2005 and 2009.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Verizon does not owe Boston $5.3 million in back taxes on its poles and wires over a four-year period.
The court said 150 years of telephone-related legislation in Massachusetts has consistently excluded overhead wiring along public ways from the personal-property... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Alexander Pring-Wilson was negligent enough in a fatal knife fight on Western Avenue in Cambridge in 2003 that he owes his victim's daughter $250,000 in damages.
The court agreed with a lower-court judge that Michael Colono was equally negligent in starting the three-on-one beatdown that Pring-Wilson ended by taking out and waving around a folding knife - which... Read more
An architectural firm in Wellesley hopes to become a lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against ADT over what it says was an unsolicited fax ad it received in 2009.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Miller & Ford says the solicitation violates both federal telemarketing laws and a consent decree ADT had signed with the government to stop sending... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today sided with Boston in a battle with some police officers over reimbursement for college tuition.
Faced with a fiscal crunch in 2009, the state cut its payments to the city under the Quinn Bill, which rewards police officer who continue their eduction with higher pay grades and with payments toward their tuition. In turn, the city notified its police... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a Nigerian immigrant will have to pay child support for two children conceived with donor sperm and eggs even though his then separated wife had signed an agreement not to go after him for support payments.
The court said state law, which focuses on "intent to create a child," trumps Chukwudera B. Okoli's contention he never gave "consent to... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Wrentham man is not responsible for the permanent injuries a teen suffered when her boyfriend crashed their car after a party the man's daughter threw while he was away.
The state's highest court said that the family of Rachel Juliano had no claim against either Peter Simpson or his daughter Jessica under the state's "social host liability" laws,... Read more
A student at UMass Amherst is making a federal case out of the way the school promptly expelled him as part of a new crackdown on rioting after sporting events.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Cullen Roe charges the expulsion violates his 14th Amendment right to due process because officials ordered him out without even the disciplinary hearing he... Read more
Sebastian Moore, who grew up in Roxbury, wants the makers of Newport cigarettes to pay him for his pain and suffering and for what he says are violations of state and federal consumer-protection laws.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court, Moore said Lorillard targeted young blacks like him in the 1970s and 1980s with free cigarettes and advertising that got him hooked... Read more
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Peoples Federal Savings Bank has no grounds to immediately bar the Connecticut-based People's United Bank from opening branches in the Boston area under that name.
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected the homegrown Peoples' request for a preliminary injunction because it failed to prove anybody outside the six specific neighborhoods and towns in which... Read more
A federal appeals court today tossed a lawsuit by two people working for a Fidelity subscontractor who alleged they were fired for bringing up possible accounting irregularities, because a federal law intended to protect the public from securities fraud is limited to employees of companies that are publicly traded.
In what could be the first appellate decision on the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state law that lets somebody take out a "harassment order" against a person who utters "fighting words" or "true threats."
A law passed in 2010 extended some of the protections accorded victims of domestic abuse to people feeling abused by people not in their immediate family, if they could show three examples of harassment.
One of its first... Read more
A federal appeals court today ordered the government to pay nearly $3 million to the families of three people murdered by Whitey Bulger when he was under FBI protection.
In two rulings issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said enough was enough, Bulger and pal Stephen Flemmi were able to kill people because they knew the government wouldn't... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a gun owner was not liable for the death of a man who stole one of his guns then died when the gun went off as he was putting it back at his sister's insistence.
After Charles Milot died in 2002, his ex-wife, acing as executor of his estate, sued both the gun owner - a family friend who... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports on the end of litigation by residents of one luxury building against a proposed luxury building on the water by North Station.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Boston Capital accuses Ravi Chaudhary of glomming onto its name in a deliberate attempt to confuse people, and that he failed to change... Read more