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.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a woman's lifetime license revocation for initiating a chain-reaction crash that killed another woman in Boxboro in 1989. Read more.
The trustee for a bankrupt Cambridge biotech is suing a Russian company he claims is trying to get out of a $1.4-million debt for drugs it ordered and accepted but then mostly didn't pay for before the local company went out of business. Read more.
A Cameroonian national has had his bid for American citizenship quashed because he'd defrauded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of nearly $12,000, and that's not the sort of moral turpitude we want in our new citizens. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well. Read more.
Two Boston-area families with foreign au pairs and the agency that brought them over say they shouldn't have to pay them the $10 an hour the state requires for maids and other servants because au pairs are really here for cultural enrichment, not to work, and that taking care of their host families' kids is part of learning what America is all about. Read more.
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