By - 9/16/13 - 12:00 pm

**Yes this is on a Tuesday, next month we'll be back to our 1st Monday of the month schedule**

Are you tired of conversations that involve aggravation, intimidation and manipulation? Want to communicate in a way that fosters respect, peace and connection? Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare introducing Nonviolent Communication on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:00-8:30 PM. Learn the basic principles of NVC... Read more

By - 9/13/13 - 7:37 am

The Herald reports 90 potential buyers are sniffing around the Unitarian Universalist Association's three buildings around the State House, which the religious group is selling as it decamps for the Innovation District.

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 - 9/11/13 - 9:17 am

The State House News Service reports Gov. Patrick has heard software types about how bad Massachusetts looks with a tax on such basic services as setting up Web sites. Now to see if he can get the legislature to repeal the tax - and make up the $161 million he says it would raise.

Ed. conflict of interest note: I recently submitted my first... 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 - 8/26/13 - 4:07 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports fellow superchef Mario Batali might not be opening his planned pizza joint on Summer Street in Fort Point after all.

The possible non-opening would not be good news for English because three weeks ago, his lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board he was hoping to sell the license for his long closed Kingfish Hall to Batali, which would... Read more

By - 8/19/13 - 3:04 pm

Don't call 1-800-East-West - all you gotta do is not call, oh yeah!

By - 8/16/13 - 10:08 pm

As promised, Patch began to lay off 40% of its staff today. Gone locally, that we know of: Sara Jacobi, editor of the South End and Fenway/Kenmore Patch sites, Becca Manning, at the Charlestown and North End sites, Jake O'Donnell at Back Bay and Beacon Hill and Chris Caesar at Malden.

O'Donnell reports that he and Jacobi, at least, were told their... Read more

By - 8/13/13 - 1:36 pm
Josiah Simmons

Friends say Josiah Simmons, who owns Video Underground on Centre Street in Hyde Square, was supposed to open the store Monday morning but never showed up.

Simmons was last seen around 1 p.m. on Sunday in Hyde Square.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Boston Police.

Larger photo. Another photo.

Simmons bought the Video Underground in 2011 after... Read more

By - 8/8/13 - 9:25 am

The Herald reports on the confluence of townies and toonies - or as one townie called them, "yuppadoos" - at the opening of Charlestown's new Whole Foods.

By - 8/6/13 - 12:33 pm

Suitsupply, based in Amsterdam, is eying the perpetually under-renovation Ciao Bella space at 240 Newbury St. for a possible clothing store and cafe, an attorney for building owner Joseph Cimino said today.

Attorney Stephen Miller explained the possible deal to the Boston Licensing Board in yet another bid to get Cimino more time to actually use the liquor license he holds for the space.

As... 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 - 7/30/13 - 12:17 pm

Herb Chambers Infiniti of Boston charges a former sales manager improperly sold at least 20 cars to a Somerville dealership in an attempt to ease his personal financial problems.

In a lawsuit originally filed in Suffolk Superior Court, but transferred to US District Court in Boston, the Chambers dealership accuses Reza Parinejad, owner of Webster Auto Sales, of taking advantage of Donald Smith's precarious finances... 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 - 7/23/13 - 11:51 am

The New York Times looks at the odds of somebody's kids heading up the economic ladder, finds that can still happen in places such as Boston, not so much in the South and the Rust Belt.

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 - 7/4/13 - 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 - 7/3/13 - 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