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By adamg - 10/21/21 - 2:35 pm

CourtWatchMA posts a copy of a memo from leaders of the state corrections officers union that says the group plans to appeal a judge's rejection of their request to block Charlie Baker's Oct. 17 vaccination mandate.

The memo says some three dozen guards at state prisons are now facing disciplinary action for refusing to get a shot - and that another 500 or so could be next because they haven't gotten a shot either, as they claim medical or religious exemptions.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 9:04 pm

A federal judge yesterday formally approved a deal between advocates for people with mobility problems and Boston, under which the city will install or repair roughly 15,000 access ramps at intersections over the next ten years. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 2:19 pm

When NASA wouldn't talk to Henry Ivers of Swampscott about his revolutionary method of powering spaceships to the stars, he sued. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/21 - 6:32 pm

A group of employees at Mass General Brigham, the state's largest hospital concern, today asked a federal judge to block a requirement that they get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying it violates not just their religious freedom but their rights under federal disabilities law. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/21 - 4:55 pm

The roughly 40% of state prison guards who haven't gotten vaccinated against Covid-19 might want to start looking for a place to get a single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, because a federal judge today rejected their request to block Gov. Baker's Sunday deadline for showing proof of vaccination. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/21 - 12:44 pm
Patented Narcan case

The patented case.

Four Boston police officers who formed a company to sell cases that officers can use to more easily carry doses of Narcan spray are now battling in two courts over who should profit from the company's sales. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/21 - 11:10 am

Update: Judge rules against union.

A federal judge today continues to ponder a request by state corrections officers to order Charlie Baker to let them continue working without getting a Covid-19 shot even after his Oct. 17 deadline for state workers to show proof of vaccination. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/21 - 11:05 am

A man who has gotten two speeding tickets on Rte. 3 in Burlington - one for doing 96 m.p.h. - has sued the state and one of the troopers who ticketed him, alleging the current 55-m.p.h. limit there is illegal. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 3:25 pm

An educational concern that replaced an old rivet factory on A Street in South Boston with what it hoped would be its new five-story headquarters has sued the Zoning Board of Appeal over its rejection of plans to retrofit the new building with "boutique" biotech lab space now that the pandemic means it no longer needs the space itself. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 10:22 am
Hamilton's warning to Lafayette

Hamilton's warning to Lafayette.

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a South Carolina family that had long owned a letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette about the military situation in Rhode Island in 1780 has no rights to the missive and that it needs to be returned to the Massachusetts state archives, from which it had been stolen more than seven decades ago. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/21 - 11:56 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the right of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to drop charges against several people who had been arrested while protesting one of those marches right wingers liked to hold in Boston during the ancien regime of the former president. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 9:45 pm

A current and a former inmate today sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections over the system it uses to check incoming mail for marijuana, which they charge is so wildly inaccurate some inmates are now refusing mail for fear it might test positive and send them into solitary if they even try to appeal. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 11:57 pm

Yes, three Boston School Committee members got all racist. And, yes, city attorneys screwed up in trying to withhold evidence of racially-tinged texts by two of them from a parents group suing over the way kids got invited to the exam schools this year. But no, the plan used to invite students without exams was not racist, a federal judge ruled today - again. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 4:06 pm
38 Highgate Rd after expansion

Rendering of the enlaged house. "Barn" on left is a dining pavillion. Via Wellesley Planning Department.

A Wellesley Hills couple is suing their now former architect for what they say are more than $15.5 million in overruns and years of delays on extensions and upgrades to their current home, a mess they say left them fuming and their tony street with a rather unseemly large hole with incorrectly placed concrete supports and structural walls. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 10:44 am

A Louisiana family who lost almost everything in Hurricane Ida who came up here to watch the Saints play the Patriots on Sunday got off a train after the game at Back Bay were on that escalator that suddenly went into reverse, throwing them down and mangling them - they claim in a suit against the MBTA and the company contracted with maintaining the device. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 9:56 am

A federal judge has dismissed Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi's libel suit against United Press International for a headline it ran on an op-ed piece that labeled him as an Iranian spy after he was arrested on charges he didn't register with the US government as a foreign agent for work he did to present the Iranian side of things in Western press interviews. Read more.

By adamg - 9/29/21 - 12:03 pm

The union representing Massachusetts corrections officers today sued the state to try to block an Oct. 17 deadline for state workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or risk punishment and possible job loss. Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/21 - 1:32 pm

A Ft. Lauderdale man is asking a federal judge to block an agreement in a class-action lawsuit in which Boston has agreed to install or repair 15,000 handicap ramps, but the judge says he won't listen to his arguments unless he can first explain why and prove he actually spends time in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/21 - 10:14 pm

Cambridge Day reports a group formed last month that says it represents parents last week filed suits in three counties alleging that requirements that children wear masks in schools are illegal and do no good and may even harm kids. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/21 - 4:47 pm

The US government, Massachusetts, several other states and the District of Columbia today filed an anti-trust suit against American and JetBlue - Logan's largest airline - alleging that a route-sharing deal between them will dramatically limit consumer choice and raise the cost of flying to and from Logan and New York-area airports.

In their suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the US and the states charge: Read more.

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