Lawsuits

By - 5/22/17 - 11:01 am

A federal judge last week told a bankruptcy judge to reconsider an order that would require the Charles Street AME Church to pay OneUnited Bank the more than $3 million it borrowed for a community center that was never finished. Read more.

By - 5/16/17 - 12:46 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Boston may have to resume paying worker's comp to Brian Benoit, who suffered an incapacitating ankle injury while transporting a patient in 2011, a little more than a year before he was indicted for stealing painkillers and sedatives from vials in the backs of Boston EMS ambulances. Read more.

By - 5/15/17 - 11:08 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a state law intended to financially help jail guards injured by inmates only applies to physical injuries, not mental ones. Read more.

By - 5/13/17 - 10:52 am

A Massachusetts man who says his Florida partner walked away from the idea of selling mugs carved out of the hollowed out barrels of baseball bats is now suing him because the guy got back into the baseball-bat-mug business. Read more.

By - 5/11/17 - 4:59 pm
Phoenix patent example

From the now invalid patent.

It took more than seven years, but a federal judge in Boston today ruled that a former Boston Phoenix subsidiary that outlasted the alt-media company does not own the rights to methods for creating and securing Web pages out of information uploaded by users. Read more.

By - 5/9/17 - 9:34 am

In a victory for an anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard, a federal judge this morning ordered Boston Latin School to produce all data and "all internal communications" related to any concerns at BLS about the racial composition of Harvard's admission policies - and to have one of its officials made available to discuss the issue under oath. Read more.

By - 5/8/17 - 12:11 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit against Venezuela by a Venezuelan national and his Massachusetts husband seeking to have their marriage recognized by that country's government. Read more.

By - 5/5/17 - 9:18 am

CommonWealth reports the T is seeking millions of dollars it alleges were stolen by employees at LAZ, which used to run for-fee parking lots at some T stations.

By - 5/3/17 - 1:29 pm

An East Boston man who thought he and his brother could stay in his mother's home after she died found out today that, nope, the bank was within its rights to foreclose on it because written contracts trump oral promises. Read more.

By - 5/3/17 - 11:01 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today put Kaveh L. Afrasiabi on notice: The next time he files an appeal with them before a trial he's involved in is over, he better have some pretty darn good reasons, or they will impose sanctions - like not even letting him file more appeals. Read more.

By - 5/1/17 - 7:59 pm

A federal judge last week called Aura Beatriz Garcia's death in the Meridian Street Bridge in 2013 "shocking and tragic, and in all likelihood preventable," but said the city of Boston and two public-works officials aren't legally liable. Read more.

By - 4/28/17 - 9:52 am

WCVB reports the guy behind the plan to have race cars speed around the South Boston Waterfront has filed a $15-million law suit against Boston environment chief Austin Blackmon, alleging Blackmon failed to tell him about revised federal flood maps that were yet another straw that made the race plan collapse.

One minor, teensy-tiny possible problem: FEMA presented the revised maps to the Fort Point Neighborhood Association on Jan 26, 2016, at a meeting attended by several of the race guy's underlings.

By - 4/18/17 - 7:55 pm

iRobot, the Bedford-based maker of cat-transportation devices that double as vacuums yesterday unleashed a barrage of lawsuits against other vacuum makers, accusing them of sucking out the good stuff in iRobot patents to make their own brands of floor cleaners. Read more.

By - 4/18/17 - 2:44 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a trial for Police Officer Sean Gannon, who has been restricted to a gunless desk job since 2005, when the Boston Police Department decided repeated injuries from getting punched or kicked in the head as a mixed-martial-arts battler - including in one infamous bare-knuckle brawl - had left him without the capacity to react appropriately in an emergency, especially one that might involve the use of a gun. Read more.

By - 4/14/17 - 9:32 am

The Crimson reports an anti-affirmative-action group that sued Harvard in 2014 over its Asian-American admissions policies is trying to force Boston Latin School to fork over years' worth of records related to its students accepted to Harvard. Read more.

By - 4/5/17 - 8:02 pm

WBZ reports a jury ordered a guy who worked at Toodies Fine Jewelry in Quincy to pay Stephen Leigh Jewelers $34,500 for a Yelp review that bashed his rival. His lawyer says he may appeal.

By - 3/30/17 - 8:45 pm

The Globe reports some guy has sued Dunkin' Donuts franchisees across the state because they allegedly didn't use real butter when he ordered bagels with butter. The Globe reports even the guy's lawyer thought twice about filing the suits, but figured an important principle is at stake: "A lot of people prefer butter."

By - 3/30/17 - 3:45 pm

The money is part of a $157-million national settlement with states over the way VW ginned up its diesel engines to show up as "clean" during emissions tests, the state Attorney General's office reports.

By - 3/23/17 - 3:41 pm

In decisions issued last week and today, a federal judge allowed lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of a Massachusetts ban on recording "private" discussions to go forward - but said the state has a legitimate stake in protecting the privacy rights of its citizens. Read more.

By - 3/22/17 - 3:38 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today better defined just what sort of property a religious organization can claim a tax deduction on - and wildlife sanctuaries and buildings entirely rented out to non-religious groups are not included - but cafeterias and gift shops can be.

The ruling comes in an appeal by the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, which objected to the Attleboro board of assessors demanding $92,292.98 in taxes be paid in 2012 on 110 acres of land on which the Mass. Audubon Society has an easement, a former convent now rented to a safe house for battered women, a shrine welcome center and a shrine storage building Read more.