Lawsuits

By - 6/22/17 - 9:37 am

A federal judge today tossed a Plymouth woman's suit against Donald Trump for allegedly causing her great anguish, ruling, essentially, come on now.

Rossi Wade had sought $1 billion in damages in her suit, filed in US District Court in Boston in March. She alleged that from the time he announced his candidacy in 2015: Read more.

By - 6/22/17 - 9:18 am

A federal judge recently awarded a $2.1 million verdict to a man who spent nearly 16 months in jail after disgraced state chemist Annie Dookhan testified the substance police found on him was cocaine. Read more.

By - 6/6/17 - 5:25 pm

The ACLU of Massachusetts and the MBTA today announced a settlement of a lawsuit over the beating, pepper spraying and arrest of Mary Celeste Holmes at the Dudley Square T stop after she publicly complained about the way officers were treating another woman there in 2014. Read more.

By - 6/5/17 - 6:40 pm

A federal judge in Springfield who has nothing good to say about one-time gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively today dismissed a lawsuit against him by an LGBTI group in Uganda as being outside the jurisdiction of American courts. Read more.

By - 6/2/17 - 1:00 pm
Sample Lovepop card

A Boston company that makes greeting cards that pop open into 3D designs is suing a New York company it says has ripped off its work.

In a copyright lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, LovePop, Inc., 71 Chatham St., charges that Paper Pop Cards "has slavishly copied several of LovePop’s designs without LovePop’s authorization, and is selling virtually identical or substantially similar copies of LovePop’s cards on Paper Pop’s website and in retail stores. Read more.

By - 5/31/17 - 12:12 pm

A federal judge today dismissed Bob Lobel's suit against a Newton golf course over its refusing to let him use an "adaptive golf cart," ruling it's a private club exempt from the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.

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.