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Coronavirus lawsuits

Lawsuits related to Covid-19 filed in Boston state and federal courts.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 10:08 pm

The former director of a state board that selected designers for new government buildings today sued the state for the $10,525.64 in vacation and personal time he says he had accrued through Nov. 17, when he was fired for refusing to get Covid-19 shots, as required by Gov. Baker. Read more.

By adamg - 7/25/22 - 9:18 pm

Pfizer, which has research and vaccine manufacturing facilities in Cambridge and Andover, and BioNTech, a German drug company with an office in Cambridge, are asking a federal judge to declare the recipe for their Covid-19 vaccine doesn't infringe on any patents held by CureVac, a German company with an office on Fort Point Channel that tried and failed to develop a marketable Covid-19 vaccine. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/22 - 6:57 pm

A federal judge ruled today the Massachusetts Lottery Commission had the right to bar Ricardo Mazzarino from entering any of the $1-million drawings it held last year to encourage people to get Covid-19 shots. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 8:08 pm

Four North End restaurant owners say the $7,500 fee they had to pay to extend their restaurants to the public sidewalk is just horribly unfair and so they filed a federal lawsuit against the city today. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 2:12 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a woman whose child a judge took away after a Zoom-based trial that started with the woman getting cut off and being unable to log in via video to make her pro-se case or even to hear some witnesses. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/22 - 12:01 pm

The owner of Antico Forno and Terramia, the owner of Vinoteca di Monica and a Boston police officer are seeking to join a lawsuit against Boston against the requirement for people to show proof of vaccination for most public indoor spaces that was lifted in February. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 11:26 am

For the second time in five months, a federal court has ruled that Mass General Brigham employees who refused to get Covid-19 shots are not entitled to their jobs or pay back while their lawsuit over their firings or decisions to quit wends through the court system. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/22 - 11:16 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the insurers for Coppa and Toro in the South End and Little Donkey in Central Square do not have to reimburse owner Ken Oringer for Covid-19 losses because the virus did not cause the permanent damage to his tables and other furnishings that might be covered under his "all risks" policies. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/22 - 11:43 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today issued an injunction that prohibits State Police from firing seven troopers for not getting Covid-19 shots at least until she further considers their claims they are being discriminated against for religious reasons. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/22 - 10:00 am

Three tenants at the Georgetowne Homes development in Hyde Park are suing a Braintree law firm that filed to evict them and 110 other families last March, despite a city moratorium on evictions. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/22 - 12:01 pm

The Davio's chain of Italian steakhouses says Covid-19 physically changed the air and surfaces in his restaurants in Massachusetts and other states and is suing the Strathmore Insurance Co. for refusing to cover claims related to Covid-19 losses at its Boston-area, Pennsylvania and New York outlets. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/22 - 5:33 pm

Rue Gilt Groupe, in Fort Point's Channel Center, today sued the Zurich American Insurance Co. for refusing to pay a claim based on the physical damage Rue Gilt says the coronavirus caused not only to the desks and other "non-porous" surfaces - and also the very air itself - in its headquarters, but to similar surfaces and air or five miles around. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/22 - 11:35 pm

A group of anti-vaxxers who sued to try to block a Boston indoor vaccine mandate aren't letting the end of the requirement stop them: They've filed an amended complaint that now seeks $6 million for each of them for alleged harm the rule did them. Read more.

By adamg - 3/4/22 - 5:25 pm

A now former employee of the DCF office in New Bedford sued the state today because it rejected her request for a religious exemption for Gov. Baker's vaccination mandate, leaving her, she says, no choice but to quit rather than go against her religious beliefs. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/22 - 11:32 pm

The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) today sued to try to block the impending firing of seven troopers who claim religious reasons for not wanting to get Covid-19 shots. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/22 - 2:02 pm

Service Properties Trust, a Newton-based real-estate investment trust that owns more than 300 hotels in the US, including the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, today sued nine insurers for refusing to pay out for its Covid-19 losses since the start of the pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/22 - 9:25 pm

A group of anti-vaxxers, led by the suspended cop who is part of another group that screams at Michelle Wu's kids about how their mom is Hitler, today filed a federal suit to try to overturn the city's requirement people show proof of vaccination at restaurants and other indoor spaces - hours before Wu announced she was lifting the mandate because of how far Covid-19 statistics in Boston have fallen. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/22 - 1:31 pm

Two Boston teachers who belong to the anti-vax group that holds morning protests outside Mayor Wu's house today sued the Boston Teachers Union for a signing an agreement with the Wu administration that could force unvaccinated teachers to dip into accumulated sick leave to keep getting paid while on leave until citywide coronavirus numbers dip below city benchmarks. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/22 - 5:35 pm

The Boston Teachers Union today sued BPS over the way it allegedly refused to grant accommodations to teachers and paraprofessionals with serious underlying health conditions that should have been enough to allow them to continue working remotely during the pandemic even after schools re-opened for in-person learning. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/22 - 9:42 am

And they don't let him in, so he sues, and he loses pretty spectacularly. Read more.

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