A federal judge ruled Friday that the former owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack provided evidence of possible wrongdoing by the company that won the Boston area's casino license - but failed to prove that was evidence of racketeering. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reinstated a Connecticut finance company's defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against a Newton lawyer for a man who owes it more than $20 million, ruling the lawyer is not protected by Massachusetts case law that bars suits against lawyers for statements they make involving lawsuits they're involved in. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today told the owner of a garage that wraps around a condo building at 477 Harrison Ave. to knock it off with retaliatory legal filings over the building's construction. Read more.
A lawyer who successfully argued his client was owed damages after biting into a tooth-destroying bit of bone in a hamburger at a Medford Wendy's went too far in a closing argument that urged the jury to strike a blow against big corporations everywhere and protect the little people, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a nearly $1.6 million verdict in favor of Ming's Supermarket on Washington Street in the South End over the landlord of an adjacent warehouse on East Berkeley Street in a rent dispute over an adjoining warehouse on East Berkeley Street that it used until February, 2015, when a pipe froze and then burst, flooding the warehouse and bringing in ISD, which declared the building unfit for occupancy. Read more.
Cambridge Day has the latest chapter in the saga of the city of Cambridge vs. the UpperWest bar, in which the ACLU has sued the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission on behalf of the bar's owners. The commission agreed the city's repeated attempts to shut the bar down over tea candles was wrong, but upheld a license suspension for allegedly "threatening" city officials, which the ACLU says is a First Amendment violation.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the Boston Police Department to put Michael Gannon at the top of its next list for available slots for patrolman - a job he has been trying to get for ten years despite a positive result on a test for cocaine. Read more.
A Transit Police dispatcher says he's owed big time for getting fired after watching a TV account of the arraignment of a woman charged with climbing onto the base of the Statue of Liberty in a political protest and telling coworkers she "should go back to Africa," - because he wasn't being racist, but merely expressing his political opinions and that if anybody's being racist, it's the T for forcing his firing because he's white. Read more.
For the second time in two months, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Boston-area women who claimed they were not just put out but deserving of damages because honey is not the main sweetener in Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. Read more.
The Harvard Crimson reports a federal judge in Boston has upheld Harvard's attempts to ensure diverse classes through "race-conscious admissions policies" are legal - and meet guidelines set down by the Supreme Court. Read more.
The owners of the Verb Hotel in the Fenway, which uses old Phoenix covers to help create an homage to the Boston music scene, is suing Hard Rock Cafe to block it from opening a chain of music-themed hotels called Reverb. Read more.
A Haverhill man who drives for Uber has filed what he hopes will become a class-action suit to force Uber to treat its Massachusetts drivers as employees - which means ensuring they get paid at least the state minimum wage and overtime and that they get reimbursed for their car and phone expenses. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a lawsuit by a Revere lawyer challenging the way Boston gave the Red Sox permanent access to Jersey Street, saying he was not directly harmed by the sale and so had no "standing" to sue. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the city of Boston was wrong to try tax Veolia Energy's network of steam pipes through Boston Proper, ruling that, collectively, they are parts of a "great integral machine," which have been exempt from taxation since at an 1866 ruling. Read more.
New Balance of Brighton charges Nautica of New York with trying to ride its shoelaces to extra sales by copying its sneaker design and using a big capital N to brand its wares, just like New Balance. Read more.
Three Massachusetts residents who say they became addicted to nicotine while sucking on Juul e-cigarettes have sued the company in what they hope will become a class action covering some 50,000 vaping Massachusetts teens. Read more.
A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Harvard undergraduates can continue their federal lawsuit that the school is ruining their futures and discriminating against them by effectively barring them from membership in male-only "finals" clubs in Harvard Square, but only if they drop their "John Doe" pseudonyms and reveal their true names. Read more.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit against Harvard and the Harvard Law Review by groups that claim they want to restore "meritocracy" to American higher education because their suit failed to provide the most minimal of details that even a first-year law student should have included. Read more.
A man who bought what turned out to be a dud of a Ford F-150 in 2010 does not have to hire an expert to prove the truck was crap from the get-go - all the warranty and repair invoices from dealer service centers are enough to prove that, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today. Read more.