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By adamg - 4/2/20 - 12:36 pm

A man who has already received $5.5 million for traumatic brain injuries suffered in a fight that started as an argument over a bar stool at Sonsie in 2008 could be eligible for even more money under the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Liberty Mutual tried to delay paying him anything after it had lost one of two court cases because it knew he was in financial duress at the time and figured it could get him to settle for less than he wanted. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 9:38 am
99 vs. 99

A California chain of Asian supermarkets that recently opened an outlet in Quincy is suing a similarly named Asian supermarket in Malden for trademark infringement. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/20 - 10:10 am

The company that has a contract to sell Billie Eilish stuff got a court order yesterday that will let it and police go after anybody selling unauthorized merchandise outside the Garden on March 19, when she has a concert scheduled. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 11:38 am

A Somerville start-up founded by two MIT researchers who say their software could revolutionize complex computing charge that their first employee stole their proprietary algorithms when he left for a job at Facebook. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 12:06 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a homeowner's suit against the city of Newton over the flood of sewage and debris that poured into her basement after two nearby sewer pumps failed, ruling the pumps didn't fail due to anything the city had done wrong. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 10:40 am

Coravin, a Bedford company that makes systems that let restaurants and oenophiles drink from uncorked bottles, is suing some guy in New Jersey - and 100 "John Does" - for allegedly selling unauthorized and often used or broken models on Amazon Storefront and other online marketplaces. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 11:33 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that remote-access products such as GoToMyPC are more than just a service and so their use can be taxed by the Department of Revenue. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/20 - 7:16 pm

A federal judge today tossed Hal Shurtleff's suit alleging religious discrimination because city officials wouldn't let him fly an explicitly Christian flag from one of the three flagpoles that rise over City Hall Plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/20 - 10:12 am

An au pair who worked in Middlesex County is seeking at least $10 million for herself and roughly 500 other au pairs in a suit against the California concern that brought them to Massachusetts, now that a federal court has upheld the legality of a Massachusetts law that requires au pairs earn at least the state minimum wage. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 12:58 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday granted Verizon Wireless a two-year extension to install a cell antenna on Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill since the company can't currently erect the antenna because it's engaged in a lawsuit over its construction. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/20 - 2:45 pm

Two founders of craft brewer Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville have sued the third for trademark infringement after, they say, he stole the company's recipes, fonts, and even UPC codes to start up a competing brewery under their noses. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/20 - 2:20 pm

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and Brookline resident, charges the New York Times committed "clickbait defamation" in a headline and lead paragraph that made it sound he was condoning MIT professors and administrators taking money from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when, he says, he wasn't. Read more.

By adamg - 1/9/20 - 9:22 am

The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday sued the Encore Boston Casino and four bus companies over casino shuttle buses it charges were allowed to idle for more than the state-allowed five minutes at locations in Everett and Medford, including the Wellington T stop. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 10:24 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a libel lawsuit by a former law student living in Somerville over an article on a legal Web site about him, in part by citing a Massachusetts legal principle that journalists have the right to report on court actions, such as the ones that got him into some trouble in Florida. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 10:07 am

WBUR reports on the possibility that BPS has shared data on more than 100 students with ICE, based on documents released in a lawsuit by education and civil rights advocates suing the city to take a look at just what gets sent to the feds.

BPS may not share any info directly with ICE, but it does forward certain disciplinary reports to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, a Boston Police unit that does.

By adamg - 1/1/20 - 1:32 pm

An Ipswich man is suing six companies, including the locally well known Direct Energy, for what he says has been an unceasing flood of phone calls asking him to switch his energy provider. Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/19 - 11:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a libel suit against the news editor of the UMass Boston student newspaper because the paper accurately reported accounts by campus police that they were looking for a man for some "suspicious" activity on a shuttle bus - and that means she is covered by a legal principle that protects journalists reporting on "official" statements and actions. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/19 - 10:18 pm
27 Walnut St. in Hyde Park

Not much to look at, but the focus of two court decisions now.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today rejected a woman's attempts to force the city of Boston to let her drive trucks over a tiny, unpaved bit of land to a former fabrication shop on Walnut Street in Hyde Park, because the deed that allegedly gave her real-estate trust ownership of the property was a fake. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/19 - 6:27 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a Superior Court judge's ruling that a church on Harvard Street in Mattapan has to make changes to a six-foot fence that really annoys a neighbor, ruling that matter should have gone to Land Court instead. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/19 - 3:23 pm

Bodega, the "secret" sneaker store hidden in a Clearway Street storefront has filed a trademark lawsuit against Bodega Rose, a New York venture that sells planters shaped like sneakers and T-shirts emblazoned with "Bodega Rose." Read more.

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