Lawsuits

By - 2/9/18 - 12:03 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's attempt to claim monetary damages from the man who confessed after they married and then had an affair that he had never loved her. Read more.

By - 1/30/18 - 3:16 pm

A federal judge in Boston today sided with the little guy in a battle with a national corporation, at least as far as deciding where he and his lawyer can argue his class-action case. Read more.

By - 1/27/18 - 4:50 pm
Mt. Ida wreck

On Monday, James Dickey of Sudbury got some bad news from the US Supreme Court: It would not hear his allegations that city efforts to board up or even raze his derelict shell of a fire-ravaged three decker at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester violated his civil rights.

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By - 1/26/18 - 2:47 pm
Remains of Mt. Ida house

Moldering eyesore on a Friday afternoon.

A housing-court judge had been scheduled today to decide whether to appoint a receiver with the power to raze a Mt. Ida Road three decker ravaged in a 2011 fire, but owner James Dickey may have once again managed to stave off any action for a few months by trying to transfer the case to federal court. Read more.

By - 1/19/18 - 11:27 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that developer-written condo-trust provisions that make it impossible to sue the developer for construction-related problems are illegal. Read more.

By - 1/14/18 - 1:43 pm

A blind New Yorker is suing JP Licks because he claims the chain's Web site makes it impossible for him to look up its store locations, none of which are located anywhere near New York - or even outside Rte. 495. Read more.

By - 1/8/18 - 11:06 am
Helicopter

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the town of Rockport can keep a resident who'd rather fly than drive from building and using a helipad on his property. Read more.

By - 12/26/17 - 10:34 am

A federal judge last week tossed Johnny Monsarrat's copyright suit over a Beverly man's Web site that mocked him, because he waited too long under federal law to file the suit. However, US District Court Judge Patti Sarris said Brian Zaiger's counter-suit against Monsarrat could continue. Read more.

By - 12/11/17 - 12:21 pm

A federal judge last week upheld Boston's and Brookline's tight restrictions on who can carry guns, saying the state law that allows them does not violate the Second Amendment. Read more.

By - 12/4/17 - 2:19 pm

A federal judge today rejected arguments by Somerville officials that a former Somerville High School student's lawsuit against them over allegations he participated in raping younger students at a city soccer camp was frivolous. Read more.

By - 11/30/17 - 9:42 am
Hanover show logo

The New England Anime Society of Somerville, which puts on the annual Anime Boston show at the Hynes, this week sued two of its former volunteers, who are using the phrase "Boston Anime Fest" to promote their own show at the Hanover Mall, which is somewhere south of Boston.

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By - 11/29/17 - 11:20 am

A man convicted of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon in Dorchester will have to content himself with having his verdict thrown out, under a Supreme Judicial Court decision that rejected his lawsuit for compensation for what he considered an "erroneous conviction." Read more.

By - 11/27/17 - 11:35 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Mark Fidrych's widow against Mack Trucks and the maker of a component that led to his strangulation death on his Northborough farm in 2009. Read more.

By - 11/13/17 - 10:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today quashed plans for a 334-unit apartment complex in an office park off Nahanton Road in Newton, saying the state's anti-snob-zoning law doesn't apply to the parcel and so the city was within its rights to deny approval for the project - in which 85 apartments would have been rented to people making less than the typical Newton resident. Read more.

By - 11/8/17 - 10:36 am

A homeless man who has been repeatedly filing suits in state and federal court since at least 1995 had his latest suit - against some Suffolk County jail guards - dismissed by a federal judge who didn't cotton to him telling her to "read his lips" in one of his motions. Read more.

By - 10/30/17 - 12:48 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that state law protects the city of Somerville from a lawsuit filed by a man who became a quadriplegic at the hands of a man with a gun police had once confiscated. Read more.

By - 10/16/17 - 11:04 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected Yahoo's efforts to bar a dead man's brother and sister from seeing the contents of his inbox, at least under federal law. Still at issue, though: Whether a section of Yahoo's terms of service agreement lets it withhold the e-mail simply because it feels like it. Read more.

By - 10/2/17 - 11:04 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that cities that want to tear down parks to put up schools or other buildings have to first get the approval of the state legislature.

A significant piece of the ruling consists of the justices considering how the situation in Westfield - where a school was proposed to replace a playground - differed from that of Boston's Long Wharf, where the BRA/BPDA wants to convert a large open-air shelter currently open to the public into a restaurant. Read more.

By - 9/28/17 - 12:12 pm
Newtonian label

One of the labels in question.

A Newton craft brewery that lets customers create their own beers and a Boston marketing firm are suing each other over a six-month marketing contract they signed in January. Read more.

By - 9/26/17 - 9:59 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a Title IX lawsuit against Emerson College, saying the college properly investigated a student's rape and harassment allegations that Boston and Cambridge police found not credible. Read more.