A federal judge today upheld a former Green Line operator's verdict in a discrimination case against the MBTA saying that, if anything, the discrimination against her was even worse than shown by evidence admitted at her trial, because the T failed to act on an earlier finding she had been discriminated against. Read more.
A Newton doctor who says he uses a drone to photograph what he says is illegal city snow dumping in a local park is asking a federal judge to block a Newton ordinance that makes it illegal to fly the small aircraft over property without a property owner's consent. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a biotech company that genetically modifies bacteria and animal cells to produce new drugs is engaged in manufacturing, which means it has to pay more state taxes. Read more.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.
The two rail operators are telling a federal judge they're maybe a month away from resolving a $29-million dispute over the cost of Northeast Corridor service in Massachusetts. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court decided today it will not break a below-market-rates lease between Quincy and the local historical society for a building on land originally owned by John Adams, even though that deprives a beneficiary of Adams's largesse of revenue.
Horn's Jeweler, 339 Washington St., will change its name so nobody will confuse it with E.B. Horn, which has been operating in downtown Boston since 1839. Read more.
A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which Commonwealth Academy in Springfield will change its name to Springfield Commonwealth Academy and the Commonwealth School in the Back Bay will pay the academy $25,000 to cover the costs of the name change. Read more.
The Huntington News reports on a Suffolk Superior Court lawsuit by a Northeastern student.
A federal jury last week awarded Michelle Dimanche of Hyde Park more than $2.6 million for discrimination by co-workers and supervisors in the two years before the T fired her in 2013. A federal judge yesterday upheld the amount. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a bar patron in search of the men's room who mistakenly opened a door marked "employees only" that led to a fatal fall down the stairs behind the door was not legally a "trespasser" and so the bar owes his estate damages. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today tossed a lawsuit by Harvard students who wanted a judge to make Harvard sell off its endowment's holding in fossil-fuel companies. Read more.
Three Massachusetts pediatricians and groups representing pediatricians across the state and the country say the FDA is dragging its feet complying with a 2009 federal law requiring cigarette makers put graphic images of the effects of smoking on their products - and are hoping a lawsuit might spur some action. Read more.
A federal appeals court today ruled the BRA can't turn a Long Wharf pavilion into a restaurant because the structure is protected from commercial use as part of a federal grant detailed on a map the BRA signed off on, then lost - but which a couple of retired National Park Service workers found three decades later. Read more.
A federal judge today tossed out the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's latest legal effort to get the city to leave it alone and do whatever it wants with the St. Patrick's Day parade. But US District Court Judge Richard Stearns left the door open to a lawsuit over next year's parade. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Stephen Trychon, let go from his MBTA job in 2013, is protected by the state whistleblower law and will get a chance to pursue his lawsuit alleging higher ups forced him out after he annoyed other, politically connected T officials and workers by exposing risky working conditions, possible contract fraud and dangerous track conditions that had gone unfixed for six years. Read more.
A California company that makes instruments for minimally invasive surgical procedures is suing a Hyde Park competitor it claims has clamped onto its trade mark. Read more.
Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi national whom talk-show host Glenn Beck kept blaming as the organizer of the Boston Marathon bombings long after it was obvious he wasn't, is dropping his defamation suit against Beck. Read more.
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