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.
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.
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.
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.
The New England Anime Society of Somerville, which puts on the annual Anime Boston show at the Hynes, this week sued two of its former volunteers, who are using the phrase "Boston Anime Fest" to promote their own show at the Hanover Mall, which is somewhere south of Boston.
A man convicted of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon in Dorchester will have to content himself with having his verdict thrown out, under a Supreme Judicial Court decision that rejected his lawsuit for compensation for what he considered an "erroneous conviction." Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Mark Fidrych's widow against Mack Trucks and the maker of a component that led to his strangulation death on his Northborough farm in 2009. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today quashed plans for a 334-unit apartment complex in an office park off Nahanton Road in Newton, saying the state's anti-snob-zoning law doesn't apply to the parcel and so the city was within its rights to deny approval for the project - in which 85 apartments would have been rented to people making less than the typical Newton resident. Read more.
A homeless man who has been repeatedly filing suits in state and federal court since at least 1995 had his latest suit - against some Suffolk County jail guards - dismissed by a federal judge who didn't cotton to him telling her to "read his lips" in one of his motions. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that state law protects the city of Somerville from a lawsuit filed by a man who became a quadriplegic at the hands of a man with a gun police had once confiscated. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected Yahoo's efforts to bar a dead man's brother and sister from seeing the contents of his inbox, at least under federal law. Still at issue, though: Whether a section of Yahoo's terms of service agreement lets it withhold the e-mail simply because it feels like it. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that cities that want to tear down parks to put up schools or other buildings have to first get the approval of the state legislature.
A significant piece of the ruling consists of the justices considering how the situation in Westfield - where a school was proposed to replace a playground - differed from that of Boston's Long Wharf, where the BRA/BPDA wants to convert a large open-air shelter currently open to the public into a restaurant. Read more.
A Newton craft brewery that lets customers create their own beers and a Boston marketing firm are suing each other over a six-month marketing contract they signed in January. Read more.
WGBH reports the guy behind the failed IndyCar race thing has filed yet another lawsuit, this time against the entire city of Boston, rather than just its environmental chief. He wants $15.5 million plus interest, damages and attorney's fees. His earlier suit was tossed because it turned out you can't sue individual government workers for negligence in Massachusetts.
A federal judge ruled today that Newton went too far in banning drones from flying over the city without the prior permission of landowners whose property the drones might pass over. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that DeLuca's Market can keep using a narrow alley off Beacon Street for once-daily trash removal, but told the market it can no longer use the space for parking cars or trucks. Read more.
A federal judge ruled today a former researcher at Children's Hospital has no rights to the data on a laptop he tried to take with him when he left the hospital, because he never actually owned the device. Read more.