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By adamg - 4/19/24 - 11:11 pm

A group of white and Asian-American parents - and their California-based law firm - this week asked the US Supreme Court to overturn rulings by federal courts in Boston that the School Committee did nothing wrong when it changed the way students are accepted to the three exam schools by including Zip codes in addition to grades as a criterion. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/24 - 11:57 am

The Heights provides a rundown of the legal wrangling involving a suit by some employees over the college's alleged mishandling of retirement funds. US District Court Judge William Young rejected BC's request for him to simply throw the case out, calling its strident efforts to block a trial "a monumental waste of time."

By adamg - 4/17/24 - 2:00 pm

Two of the three owners of a venture aimed at re-opening the oft-shuttered restaurant at 154 Maverick St. are now suing restaurant and building owner John Tyler, alleging that at a minimum he owes them $250,000 for all the work they put into the place, which they never actually opened as a restaurant, plus their initial deposit. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/24 - 10:48 am

The Bellevue Hill Improvement Association in West Roxbury has dropped its lawsuit against a proposed five-story, 124-unit apartment building on the old Clay Chevrolet site on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/24 - 10:22 am

Hitachi Rail, hired by the MBTA in 2015 for what is now a half-billion-dollar project to install a network of devices designed to prevent trains north of Boston from running into each other or getting up to unsafe speeds, yesterday sued the authority for what it says are $158 million in overruns and delays caused by alleged T bumbling. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/24 - 9:42 pm
Damaged wind turbine after May 29, 2023 incident

Damage after May, 2023 incident. Photo by MWRA.

The MWRA today sued a maintenance company for the nearly $4.4 million it says it will cost to replace an electricity-generating wind turbine at Deer Island it charges was destroyed because the company let what should have been a relatively routine shutdown for some repairs turn into a catastrophic event in which the turbine's blades began to separate from the device. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/24 - 1:25 pm
Phillips Brooks Memorial Reading Room in the 1930s.

Inside the old library in the 1930s, by W. Jordan, from the BPL's Boston Pictorial Archive.

A Readville church is asking a judge to let it ignore a restriction in the 1897 deed that limits the use of a side building to "a free and public reading room and library" so that it can put up a six-unit apartment building in its place. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/24 - 9:51 pm

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld an earlier lower-court ruling that a woman who was suspended from the theology master's program at Boston University for refusing to take the nasal Covid-19 tests the university once required has no case because the school no longer requires the tests. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/24 - 9:36 am
White people can create balloon tunnels; Black people get blocked by cops on bikes

From the complaint: White people can create balloon tunnels; Black people get blocked by bike cops.

A group of Black women who tried to cheer on Black Marathon runners yesterday sued Newton and the BAA to demand they not be physically separated from runners like they say they were during last year's Boston Marathon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/24 - 11:19 am

One day after the family of Jeanica Julce of Somerville sued the owner of the boat she was on just before she drowned - and the owner of another boat - both the boat owner and the federal government asked a federal government to reinstate her ban on lawsuits over the crash in state court, which she had lifted just last month. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/24 - 8:55 am
Daymarker 5

Daymarker 5 in 2022, between Spectacle Island and Castle Island.

The family of Jeanica Julce of Somerville, who drowned in Boston Harbor in 2021 after the speed boat she was a passenger on hit a large, permanent navigational beacon off Spectacle Island, yesterday sued both Ryan Denver, the owner and captain of the Make It Go Away, and the operator of another boat the family charges struck Julce before speeding from the scene. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/24 - 10:14 am

CommonWealth Beacon reports on the ruling involving the Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center on Fisher Avenue, whose current owners want to close it by July 1.

By adamg - 4/3/24 - 3:18 pm

The Globe today has has an editorial about the supposed dangers of a legal cottage industry in suits over what some organizations may or may not be doing with data from Facebook "tracking pixels." As Dan Kennedy notes, the editorial lists some examples, but omits one very close to home: The Globe itself settled just such a suit (and so we got a payment for $158.03 in February).

By adamg - 4/3/24 - 11:31 am

Former Transit Police officer Jacob Green yesterday sued TPD Chief Kenneth Green, TPD Superintendent Richard Sullivan, the MBTA, former Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins and former Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, alleging he was forced into early retirement in 2022 because Green hates white people and veterans and because Rollins and Arroyo conspired to make a big deal out of what he claims was a road-rage run-in with an angry Black guy on his way to work one day. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/24 - 9:25 pm

The daughter of man dragged and then crushed by a dump truck at Massachusetts and Huntington avenues in 2022 today filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against both the driver and the New Hampshire company that owned the truck. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/24 - 4:30 pm

Lawyers for Civil Rights and the law firm of Fick & Marx today announced a $4.7 million settlement of the civil-rights lawsuit they had filed on behalf of Hope Coleman, who called 911 to request an ambulance to transport her son to a hospital to get treatment for his mental illness, but who was instead fatally show by Boston Police officers outside his home on Oct. 30, 2016. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/24 - 5:58 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled today that the proposed $80-million renovation of White Stadium to support a professional women's soccer team would actually expand public access both to the stadium and nearby park areas and gave the city and the nascent soccer team permission to continue. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/24 - 11:55 am

A federal judge ruled today that a Beverly man can go to trial in his lawsuit against Stop & Shop for selling flushable wipes that may not actually be flushable. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/24 - 3:47 pm

The state Attorney General's office is looking at whether United Healthcare, which offers senior care option plans to Medicare-eligible Massachusetts seniors, has been billing the state for a level of care some of its subscribers don't need. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/24 - 2:17 pm
Map showing Wedge where feds wanted to restrict lobstering

Map showing the "Wedge" in the Massachusetts Restricted Area off Boston Harbor.

A federal judge ruled yesterday that Massachusetts lobster trappers can continue to set pots for lobsters and Jonah crabs in a briny area just outside Boston Harbor, where federal officials had tried to stop them between February and April in a bid to keep endangered right whales migrating northward from the Cape from getting snared in their lines. Read more.

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