Lawsuits

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.

By - 3/17/17 - 11:59 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ordered a Florida doctor and his wife to pay $13.5 million in penalties over the deceptive marketing methods they used in their now defunct Framingham erectile-dysfunction clinic, the state Attorney General's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/16/17 - 6:46 pm

A group of Allandale Street residents filed suit today to try to overturn Zoning Board of Appeals approval of an 18-unit subdivision off their street. Read more.

By - 3/10/17 - 10:57 am

With the Wynn casino in Everett now under construction, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a judge should consider whether the state Gaming Commission violated a law requiring public deliberations during its considerations on whether to award a license to Wynn or a competing proposal at Suffolk Downs. Read more.

By - 2/24/17 - 10:49 am

Molly Crane of Quincy says she never would have bought Healthy Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Soy Moisturizing Shampoo if she'd known it actually has sulfate in it. Read more.

By - 2/18/17 - 10:57 am

An MRI technician at Brigham and Women's hospital who says she has to drive through "difficult areas" on her nightly drive home is one of three people who say a state ban on tasers and stun guns violates their 2nd Amendment rights. Read more.

By - 2/3/17 - 6:11 pm

UPDATE: A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary ban on the executive order.

A federal judge this afternoon said the president has the right to bar people from other countries from entering the US and declined to extend a temporary restraining order against his ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Read more.

By - 2/3/17 - 11:37 am

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the first Logan immigration case, eight universities in the Boston area and Worcester say they have 535 students and 217 professors and researchers from the seven countries affected by the government's ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. Read more.

By - 2/2/17 - 3:00 pm

A federal judge today added Attorney General Maura Healey to a lawsuit filed by two UMass Dartmouth professors against the federal travel ban that left them detained for several hours at Logan Airport on Saturday. Read more.

By - 1/29/17 - 10:21 am

The ACLU of Massachusetts reports two judges in US District Court in Boston early today ordered the government to let immigrants and green-card and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries enter the US through Logan Airport. Read more.

By - 1/27/17 - 1:38 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the T and Amtrak have resolved a legal beef that at one point led to Amtrak threatening to terminate Acela service north of Providence. Read more.

By - 1/27/17 - 9:49 am

The owners of 462 Boston medallion cabs yesterday sued Uber for what they say are the profits Uber cost them through unfair competition over a five-year period.

The suit comes days after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by an association of Boston medallion owners against the state's new regulations that allow Uber, Lyft and other "transportation network companies" to operate. Read more.