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By adamg - 5/6/21 - 12:57 pm

The Glynn Hospitality Group, which owns bars downtown and in the Back Bay and the South End, is suing its insurance company for notreimbusring it for all the money it's lost due to Covid-19 restrictions, despite having an "all risk" policy. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:39 pm
VFW Parkway fire in 2018

The fire. Photo by BFD.

An insurance company that had three clients living in a VFW Parkway apartment building that exploded into flames in 2018 is suing National Grid, alleging the company did nothing about complaints of natural-gas odors before the fire erupted into a six-alarm blaze that displaced 36 people and injured one resident and two firefighters. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/21 - 3:11 pm

Quincy today sued the state in an effort to overturn its approval of Boston's plans to rebuild the Long Island Bridge, saying the state should hold all new hearings that would prove Quincy's assertions the new bridge would prove as unsafe as the one torn down in 2015, that it would become useless as sea levels rise and that the road leading to the bridge on Moon Island is itself in imminent danger of collapse. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 11:28 am

A group of ten citizens - six of whom live in the same West End building - last week sued the Boston Landmarks Commission as part of a bid to save three buildings left over from the destruction of the West End that Mass. General wants to raze so it can build a 14-story clinical center along Cambridge Street. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 3:19 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a former Transit Police lieutenant's wrongful-termination suit, ruling he was only fired after an investigation proved he used a locked room for long snoozes when he should have been overseeing officers, not because the department's chief hates White people or his underling hates unions. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/22/21 - 12:43 pm
Look at that shadow under that can

Trademark filings are supposed to show actual products for sale, but soda cans don't levitate, Ocean Spray says.

A company threatening to sue Ocean Spray over a line of caffeinated fruity seltzers will first have to answer the suit Ocean Spray pre-emptively filed against it to try to make it go away. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 11:06 am
Turo Logan page now says no pick ups available

Turo site now says no pickups at Logan.

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Massport's right to block an online company from arranging rental-car pickups and drop offs at Logan Airport terminals, in a ruling that hinged on a federal law intended to protect online forums from libel actions. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 9:58 am

A group of White and Asian-American parents are appealing a judge's decision that the Boston School Committee did nothing wrong in the way it came up with a non-exam way to admit students to Boston's three exam schools for the coming school year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 6:51 pm

A federal judge ruled today that the Boston School Committee can proceed with selecting students for the city's three exam schools via a formula based on grade point average and Zip codes, rather than using GPAs and the traditional entrance exams. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 11:08 am

A federal judge today refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Brandeis University students over last year's switch to online classes, saying the issue is not whether such education sucks but whether the school had a contract with students to provide in-person learning. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/21 - 9:25 am

A federal judge this week tossed a Lowell man's suit against Marty Walsh for urging right wingers not to rally on Boston Common the week after one of their compatriots murdered a woman in Charlottesville. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/21 - 1:56 pm

Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, a former BU professor who has been giving the Iranian side of Middle East issues in articles and interviews since 2007, today sued United Press International and one of its writers for claiming his arrest in January was for being a spy when, in fact, he was charged with a federal law that requires lobbyists getting paid by foreign governments to register with the Justice Department. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 2:43 pm

A Saudi company that claims it was defrauded of billions of dollars in a scheme by a conniving Saudi citizen and his sons last week filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court to demand it be allowed to seize condos on the 52nd floor of One Dalton Place and at the Mandarin Oriental and Millennium Place that it says were purchased by its alleged money siphoners. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 11:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Facebook has to comply with requests from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office on specific applications and companies that may have sucked out more personal information from user than they should have - but also said a judge will have to review hundreds, if not thousands, of documents to make sure none of the information could reveal any of the discussions by Facebook employees and lawyers on how to collect the data. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/21 - 10:46 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that a judge improperly dismissed an inmate's disciplinary appeal because she decided the statute of limitations started when an official denied the inmate's appeal, not when the inmate received notice of that, several days later. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/21 - 10:10 am

Ronald Nickle, fired as MBTA chief safety officer in 2019, last week sued the T for damages, alleging he was fired for blowing the whistle on Green Line and Green Line Extension safety issues the system wanted covered up. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/21 - 3:11 pm

Updated to correct his status: He was fired following a disciplinary hearing last July.

A Transit Police sergeant once criminally charged with rewriting an official report to help another T cop cover up the way he allegedly beat a homeless man sued the MBTA this week for the more than $100,000 in salary he wasn't paid while suspended for more than a year before the charge was dropped. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/21 - 4:32 pm

You Get Nothing!

When Gov. Baker ordered restaurants shut last March, Caffe Nero missed the April rent payment for its Newbury Street outlet and asked landlord UrbanMeritage for some help because it could no longer operate a sit-down cafe. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 3:17 pm

A federal judge today dismissed another suit against Gov. Baker's 2020 Covid-19 restrictions, this one by a company that runs supposedly spooky walking tours in Salem. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/21 - 11:36 am

A federal judge said today he hopes to rule by April 15 on a lawsuit against the Boston School Committee's system for examless selection of exam-school students either in time for students to get notified of their selection this spring - or to order officials to quickly come up with a new way of selecting students for the schools before the fall. Read more.

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