The Herald reports the state could grant a waiver, but won't.
A local firm that says it holds the copyright to one particular Hummel figurine in the US is suing U-Haul and and a bubble-wrap company because they sell boxes of bubble wrap that feature an image that looks like the figurine.
In the lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Boston Copyright Associates LLC says the similarity was no coincidence: U-Haul and... Read more
EMC this week sued a Silicon Valley startup on charges it illegally hired away EMC workers to gain access to EMC trade secrets.
In a suit filed in US District Court in Boston, the Hopkinton-based data-storage vendor asks a judge to smack Pure Storage with a legal stick, specifically, the return of all the proprietary EMC information it alleges Pure now has, a prohibition on... Read more
Roslindale Square resident Adam Kessel reports Brooklyn Water Bagels considered Roslindale Square for a new outlet but opted to open in Framingham instead because the area just doesn't have enough foot traffic to support one of its shops.
Retail chains considering urban areas such as Roslindale Village tend to want heavy foot traffic - unlike in suburbs such as Framingham, where they... Read more
One of Building 19's largest unsecured creditors is the town of Norwood, owed $306,651 in back taxes, according to a listing filed by the company in US Bankruptcy Court in Boston on Friday.
The company, which blames competition from the Internet, actually owes New Bedford even more - some $353,000.
The largest creditor, however, is Building 19 president William Elovitz - son of founder... Read more
First Anthony's Pier 4, then the Hilltop, now Building 19. Chapter 11 Cases reports the iconic chain for cheap New Englanders has filed for Chapter 11 - and plans to liquidate, rather than just reorganize:
The advent of internet shopping has dramatically altered the retail landscape, particularly for so-called â€śbig boxâ€ť stores such as are operated by Building 19. As a result, Building 19sâ€™... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports the owners of the Garden have asked the BRA for Liberty Mutual-style tax breaks because
damnit, they deserve it the fact they've failed to build anything on what is now a parking lot, a high water table on land near the Charles and Harbor and the presence of the Green and Orangle Lines means the land is blighted and... Read more
Suffolk Downs officials said today they were shocked to learn of the issues raised by a state investigation into operations at their proposed casino operator earlier this month - especially after learning state investigators had started asking questions about them several months earlier.
Meanwhile, officials said they are talking to a number of new possible casino operators, but can't guarantee they'll have one selected by... Read more
Scott Matalon says he came home from a weekend trip to find Harvard and Brighton avenues plastered with signs banning parking on Wednesday and Thursday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Matalon, owner of Stingray Body Art and president of Allston Village Main Streets, says the move is not just annoying, in an area miles from past championship violence - it's a business killer, because... Read more
That's when the online retailer starts collecting the Mass. sales tax on purchases made by Bay Staters.
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
Patrick Maguire makes the case after reading Andelman's recent whine about bullies on Yelp:
Dave Andelman whining about bullying is the ultimate irony. Heâ€™s calling for Yelp to be shut down for bullying when he has a history of bullying and suspect business practices. Dave Andelman is a manipulative fraud: his TV show, token efforts as a â€ślobbyist,â€ť and personal conduct all betray a... Read more
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
UPDATE: Service came back on shortly after 4 p.m.
Matt Robbins reports:
Verizon data conduit damaged last night at 800 Boylston. Major outage for downtown Boston
800 Boylston is the Prudential Center. One frustrated network administrator says the outage is going on 15+ hours:
Affecting hundreds of companies in Boston and Cambridge. Worst outage I've seen in 7 years of working in... Read more
The T will be running buses instead of trains over the Longfellow this weekend as workers get the tracks ready for the extensive repairs planned for the bridge. Also:
Bicyclists will be asked to walk their bikes on the sidewalk across the Longfellow Bridge to ensure the safety of all bridge users. On Saturday, October 26, there will be alternating single lane closures on Memorial... Read more
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
Throughout the day, a steady stream of people pulled into the Hilltop parking lot to pose with the cows. Even motorists on Rte. 1 slowed to take a gander at the cows on the restaurant's last day open.
Nothing like a little Friday-evening bombshell: Suffolk Downs is giving casino giant Caesars the boot, just weeks before East Boston voters are supposed to decide whether to approve the idea of a $1-billion resort casino next to the racetrack.
In a letter to the casino operator (attached below), Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle said an investigation by the state Gaming Commission's Investigations and Enforcement Bureau... Read more
Boston - Seyfarth Shaw and Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) today announced their partnership in hosting a free legal services fair for the Dorchester/Roxbury community. The fair will be held at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps and Community Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Featuring representatives from many of Bostonâ€™s top legal aid agencies, including Greater... Read more
A Little Caesar's is opening on American Legion Highway, one door down from Simco.
It'll be interesting to see how long it lasts. Aside from Domino's, which has been around forever, Boston's more rural districts don't much cotton to chain pizza - anybody remember the Papa John's in West Roxbury? But if it can survive anywhere, American Legion might be it, given that it's turning... Read more