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By adamg - 8/11/20 - 12:37 pm

WBZ reports on the lawsuit by the family of Justin Root, fatallly shot in Chestnut Hill after threatening police with what turned out to be a fake gun outside Brigham and Women's Hospital. A valet was injured by a bullet shot at Root by an officer.

Complete complaint (3M PDF).

By Quantum Mechanic - 8/7/20 - 9:52 am

Harvard lawprof Bruce Hay (seen at UHub in Is a Harvard Law professor the most gullible man in Cambridge? ) has filed a breach of contract and defamation suit against New York Magazine for allegedly misrepresenting the Shumans as predators and himself as a clueless victim. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 12:33 pm

What began as a dispute over a $1,600 credit-card bill has turned into a Cambridge man's two-year struggle to gain admission to the bar, in which he has now filed federal law suits in two states and the District of Columbia against a panoply of people and agencies he says have wronged him and in several cases conspired to keep him from practicing law. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 12:00 pm

Hampshire House Corp., which owns both the original and Faneuil Hall Cheers bars and the 75 on Liberty waterfront bar, this week sued three insurance companies to recoup the losses its incurred since the city and state shut down bars in March due to Covid-19 reasons. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 10:17 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/27/20 - 11:32 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that what one Northeastern student claimed was a sexual assault while she was drunk was not Northeastern's fault. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/20 - 2:08 pm

A federal judge today dismissed lawsuits by health clubs against Gov. Baker's decision to shut them because of Covid-19, partly because the governor has since lifted the ban, partly because the governor acted responsibly to close the clubs as potential health risks in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/20 - 10:15 am

Legal Sea Foods and an insurance company that sold it an "all risks" insurance policy on March 1 are now battling in court over whether the insurer has to pay the restaurant chain millions to cover losses from shutting its 34 restaurants due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/20 - 10:29 am

A now former Harvard employee who rented the university's Sanders Theatre for a play about what he considers the evils of Jewish circumcision is suing the school and the Harvard Crimson for everything from civil-rights violations to libel because of the way a Harvard official stopped the performance. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 11:17 am

Workers at the Whole Foods stores on River Street and Alewife Parkway - including one who says she was fired from the River Street store on Friday - have filed what they hope will be a class-action discrimination suit against the chain over the issue of being sent home if they show up for work with masks reading "Black Lives Matter." Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/20 - 10:48 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the owners of a house on a 13-acre parcel on Farm Pond in Sherborn have no legal reasons to stop the owners of a 3-acre parcel across the street from putting up a single-family house. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/20 - 3:54 pm

Government lawyers agreed today to drop an ICE policy that would have forced foreign students to leave the country if they were unwilling or unable to find a school that would teach their classes in person. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 3:14 pm
Rayla Campbell in West Roxbury

Rayla Campbell in West Roxbury last month.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the state does not have to print Rayla Campbell's name on the Republican ballot for the 7th District congressional seat, because she failed to collect even the reduced number of signatures the court had earlier allowed due to Covid-19 issues. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/20 - 1:30 pm

Fenway Health, the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts and the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth this week sued the federal government to stop a proposed rule that would let healthcare providers discriminate against transgender people. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 11:32 am

A federal judge ruled today that Revere's policy on car towing - to notify the car's owner but not any companies that might have financed it - is unconstitutional and so it owes Honda the full value of a car the city had towed then let a private tow company sell without first notifying the car maker's financing wing. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 10:13 am

MIT and Harvard today asked a federal judge to block a new ICE ruling that would force foreign students already enrolled in college here to either find schools that would teach them in person or leave the country. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:44 am

People living near Rockport's Back Beach say they're tired of what they say are politically connected and often malevolent Scuba divers, who clang their metal air tanks at all hours, get naked in the street, block driveways, toss their trash on people's lawns and dox or threaten residents who complain. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 2:01 pm

The owner of Assembly Sports Club in Somerville yesterday sued Gov. Baker over the state's continued ban on health clubs, arguing the ban deprives it of its Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and besides, Baker's just wrong because, as everybody knows, fitness clubs are too "essential," or at least as essential as the big-box stores Baker let stay open, except that it's even worse than that because all businesses are essential in our free-enterprise system. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 9:51 am

A woman who suffered permanent injuries in 2017 when a chimney on Charter Street in the North End collapsed on the hammock she was in is suing the hammock company, charging it not only failed to warn people that attaching hammocks to brick structures might be dangerous, it actually encouraged the practice through a photo-caption contest. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 11:31 pm

CNN reports the Supreme Court declined to hear ten gun-control cases, one of them a challenge to the way Massachusetts bans certain semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines. The decision not to hear the case means our regulations stay in place.

Earlier:
Federal appeals court upholds Massachusetts ban on the sale of certain assault weapons.

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