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

By - 7/1/13 - 11:17 pm

State Sen. Sal DiDomenico reports that Global Oil has decided to cancel plans to run trains full of ethanol to a proposed "blending" facility in Revere. The decision came after the legislature approved a bill that would have basically prohibited the new facility.

By - 7/1/13 - 6:44 pm

The Bay State Banner reports on the admission by the Rev. Gregory Groover amidst the continuing legal battle between his Charles Street AME church and OneUnited Bank, which wants to foreclose on it.

Groover is also a member of the School Committee, which he chaired until last year. The story fails to note that Banner owner Mel Miller sits on the bank's board of... Read more

By - 6/30/13 - 8:59 pm reports that Boschetto's on Salem Street is closing its retail shop after 110 years in business.

By - 6/30/13 - 7:29 pm

Now a collector's itemNow a collector's itemThe value of tracking every last thing a consumer buys apparently ain't what it used to be: Shaws and Star Market discontinued their loyalty cards this weekend, saying that from now on, they're going to give all customers the same overpriced... Read more

By - 6/29/13 - 11:31 am

Today is the last day for Bicycle Bill's on North Harvard Street. Its Facebook page now sports an icon reading "I'm retired. Do it yourself!" as well as a notice that the shop closes forever at 5 p.m. today.

H/t Compliments Food Co.

By - 6/27/13 - 7:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for a liquor store on a busy stretch of the VFW Parkway, despite complaints from nearby residents the store on a highway would mean more noise and young people making packie runs on foot down from their hill and that West Roxbury just has enough liquor stores already.

The vote means Dimpleben Patel can begin work on... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 1:11 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to OK a liquor-store owner's request to open a new store on the northbound side of the VFW Parkway across from Prime Motors and just up from a Firestone garage, where the road is a four-lane divided highway.

Residents at the hearing opposed Dimpleben Patel's request to buy a license from Brothers Wine and Spirits on Warren Street... Read more

By - 6/25/13 - 3:45 pm

The Herald reports Roche Bros. could help fill the Hole with a new store as part of the skyscraper now actually under construction.

Dear Herald: as 02132 notes below, this would be Roche Bro.'s second Boston store, unless you know something we don't about West Roxbury seceding.... Read more

By - 6/11/13 - 7:34 am

A woman unable to use a $59 discount coupon for a local fitness club before it expired has filed a class-action lawsuit against locally based Rue La La on charges the expiration dates on its coupons violate federal and state consumer-protection laws.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston, Leah Mirabella seeks to become lead plaintiff in a case in... Read more

By - 6/7/13 - 8:02 am

Massachusetts residents yesterday sued Sur La Table and the Container Store after they say got junk mail even though they never gave the chains their addresses.

In separate lawsuits, Judith Monteferrante and Elizabeth Christiansen say the data mining the chains used to dredge up their addresses based on their Zip codes and credit-card information violates Massachusetts consumer-privacy laws.

In March, the Supreme Judicial Court... Read more

By - 6/5/13 - 1:04 pm

Although the owners of the Bulfinch Hotel on Merrimac Street have already announced a name change to the Boxer, this being Boston, they need formal approval from the Boston Licensing Board.

At a hearing this morning on the proposed name change, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer was dying to know: Why "The Boxer?"

Emily Antonelli, who also needs board approval to become the hotel's new... Read more

By - 5/29/13 - 10:54 am

Interested in adding the power of video to your social justice or nonprofit work? Learn to use video to not only educate and inform, but to spur action and engagement. Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Video for Social Change on June 3rd, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work... Read more

By - 5/23/13 - 9:48 pm

Our go-to guy for Rochie's news, Matt O'Malley (yes, yes, that Matt O'Malley), issued an alert tonight after a trip to the West Roxbury Roche Bros:

BULLETIN: @Roche_Bros moved the location of the eggs, made room for more yogurt.

We haven't seen a shakeup like this at that market since they moved the ice cream.... Read more

By - 5/22/13 - 8:26 am

HubSpot, which offers online marketing software from its offices in Kendall Square, today launched a referral program: Refer a software developer to them, and if they hire him or her, you get $30,000.

By - 5/18/13 - 10:22 am

Aston Martin Lagonda and an Aston Martin dealership in Waltham are racing at each other full speed in a dispute over whether the car company - whose cheapest model goes for $122,400 - can open another dealership in Wayland.

Aston Martin of New England on Linden Street in Waltham, says the plan would cut its sales dramatically and wants $3 million in... Read more

By - 5/15/13 - 3:36 pm

At Suffolk Business School's "Build Boston" forum about casinos last Thursday morning, Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, shared a brief, private chat with No Eastie Casino co-chair Celeste Ribeiro Myers. Crosby conveyed the commission's goal to facilitate a process wherein communities see as many benefits and as few consequences as possible from expanded gambling. Myers politely shared with Crosby her concerns that... Read more

By - 5/10/13 - 8:05 am

In an editorial, the Jamaica Plain Gazette rhapsodizes about how Roslindale completes JP, in part because Roslindale hosts all the trailer-trash kind of chain stores that would otherwise try to muscle their non-local way into the pristine Elysian fields of Jamaica Plain:

It has been easier for local-business-minded JP to fend off the likes of Family Dollar when we all know we can go

... Read more