David Lavitman, a Milton driver who signed up for Uber, has sued the car service, claiming its illegally keeping half drivers' tips.
Lavitman filed his suit in state court in December, but Uber had it moved to federal court this month.
Lavitman alleges the company collected a 20% gratuity fee on all rides, but only gave half that to drivers.
If you saw one of those Building 19 circulars advertising the sale of some salvaged Swarovski crystal, would you assume Swarovski was going downmarket?
A federal appeals court ruled today that the maker of expensive crystal is going to have to do a better job proving such an ad would confuse consumers if it wants to win a lawsuit seeking to bar Building 19... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports Avis Budget will pay $500 million for the locally based car-sharing service.The move will let Zipcar users rent Budget cars on the weekends.
Some local Zipcar fans were not pleased this morning. Lalunkee tweets:
I expect that this will ruin a wonderful thing. Crap.
Nathan Spencer adds:
I saw what Avis did to Budget and I worry... Read more
The Times marvels: Biotech Players Lead a Boom in Cambridge.
Xconomy seeks answers in the help wanteds for Amazon's local expansion.
The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that Meetinghouse Bank plans to put its second ever branch in one of the spaces at 4238 Washington St. - where Domino's failed to ease the square's critical pizza shortage.
The Harvest Co-Op on Washington Street, just south of the T station, is scheduled to open tomorrow at noon.
Are you ready for The Street Chestnut Hill?
BostInno reports on Karmaloop's experiment in online clothes peddling today (Karmaloop, you may recall, is run by the guy who thinks Tom Menino is too stodgy to be mayor).
Not everybody was amused. Maria Mercedes Martinez writes:
Its so lame and something some old pervy dude would come up with, not a cool young equal rights minded man of this century.
Rapper and City Life/La Vida Urbana activist Antonio "Twice Thou" Ennis takes on BoA:
Since 2009, instead of negotiating a loan modification with principal reduction to allow Ennis to stay in his home, Bank of America (servicer) has been trying to foreclose although he can afford his home at the current real... Read more
A federal appeals court ruled today Starbucks owes Massachusetts baristas more than $14 million for tips that were shared with supervisors between 2005 and 2011, because state law bars managers from dipping into the tip jar.
Starbucks tried to pour cold water on a class-action suit on behalf of more than 11,000 former and current baristas by arguing that "shift supervisors" weren't really managers because... Read more