Lawsuits

By - 4/20/18 - 12:16 pm

Ken's Foods, which makes the eponymous line of salad dressings, could wind up paying twice for shipments of tomato paste from California - first to a freight distributor that went bankrupt and now to the railroad that the distributor never paid. Read more.

By - 4/13/18 - 10:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Exxon Mobil has to hand over documents demanded by Attorney General Maura Healey in a probe of whether the company not only sat on information that proved the role of fossil fuels in climate change but actively tried to discredit the science of climate change to preserve its profits. Read more.

By - 4/6/18 - 9:56 pm

James Dickey, the owner of a fire-ruined shell of a former house at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester, today filed an appeal of a federal judge's decision that he stop bothering federal judges with his attempts to keep the city from tearing down what's left of the structure, which the city says now exists solely as a haven for rats. Read more.

By - 4/6/18 - 10:11 am

A federal judge has upheld the state's long-standing ban on AR-15 rifles and similar weapons - and said the state had the right to extend that to "copycat" weapons that high slight differences from and different names than the weapons specifically mentioned in the original law. Read more.

By - 4/2/18 - 6:29 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by an anesthesiologist who sued Mass. General over double-booked surgeries - but gave her 45 days to come up with detailed proof the government was billed for operations senior surgeons did not actually participate in and so re-open the suit. Read more.

By - 3/27/18 - 7:37 pm

For the third time, a federal judge has rejected an effort by the owner of the fire-ravaged building at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. to move his case from state Housing Court to federal court - this time with a warning for the man to knock it off. Read more.

By - 3/18/18 - 9:42 am

The company behind Craft Beer Cellar outlets is making a federal case out of negative reviews on Glassdoor.com, a site that lets people review the companies they work for. Read more.

By - 3/17/18 - 3:01 pm
Blizzard vs. Blizzard

Who would confuse W.B. Mason's Blizzard brands of spring water and copier paper with Dairy Queen's Blizzard brand ice-cream? Who but a moron, W.B. Mason argues in a suit filed against Dairy Queen this week.

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By - 3/16/18 - 9:02 am

Dairy Queen, which makes a concoction called a Blizzard, is suing homegrown office-supply company W.B. Mason over its Blizzard brand of bottled water, Reuters reports.

By - 3/10/18 - 12:47 pm

In 2014, UMass Amherst senior James Haidak made headlines with a lawsuit alleging the college sexually discriminated against him for expelling him in what he said was a he said/she said case involving a UMass student he'd been dating.

Yesterday, a federal judge in Boston threw out his suit, saying that while UMass made a mistake in its disciplinary proceedings by delaying them five months, in part because of summer break, Haidak deserved everything he got. Read more.

By - 2/9/18 - 12:03 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's attempt to claim monetary damages from the man who confessed after they married and then had an affair that he had never loved her. Read more.

By - 1/30/18 - 3:16 pm

A federal judge in Boston today sided with the little guy in a battle with a national corporation, at least as far as deciding where he and his lawyer can argue his class-action case. Read more.

By - 1/27/18 - 4:50 pm
Mt. Ida wreck

On Monday, James Dickey of Sudbury got some bad news from the US Supreme Court: It would not hear his allegations that city efforts to board up or even raze his derelict shell of a fire-ravaged three decker at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester violated his civil rights.

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By - 1/26/18 - 2:47 pm
Remains of Mt. Ida house

Moldering eyesore on a Friday afternoon.

A housing-court judge had been scheduled today to decide whether to appoint a receiver with the power to raze a Mt. Ida Road three decker ravaged in a 2011 fire, but owner James Dickey may have once again managed to stave off any action for a few months by trying to transfer the case to federal court. Read more.

By - 1/19/18 - 11:27 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that developer-written condo-trust provisions that make it impossible to sue the developer for construction-related problems are illegal. Read more.

By - 1/14/18 - 1:43 pm

A blind New Yorker is suing JP Licks because he claims the chain's Web site makes it impossible for him to look up its store locations, none of which are located anywhere near New York - or even outside Rte. 495. Read more.

By - 1/8/18 - 11:06 am
Helicopter

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the town of Rockport can keep a resident who'd rather fly than drive from building and using a helipad on his property. Read more.

By - 12/26/17 - 10:34 am

A federal judge last week tossed Johnny Monsarrat's copyright suit over a Beverly man's Web site that mocked him, because he waited too long under federal law to file the suit. However, US District Court Judge Patti Sarris said Brian Zaiger's counter-suit against Monsarrat could continue. Read more.

By - 12/11/17 - 12:21 pm

A federal judge last week upheld Boston's and Brookline's tight restrictions on who can carry guns, saying the state law that allows them does not violate the Second Amendment. Read more.

By - 12/4/17 - 2:19 pm

A federal judge today rejected arguments by Somerville officials that a former Somerville High School student's lawsuit against them over allegations he participated in raping younger students at a city soccer camp was frivolous. Read more.