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By adamg - 10/3/19 - 1:27 pm

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.

By adamg - 10/3/19 - 9:54 am
Box of cereal

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.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 5:25 pm

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.

By adamg - 9/24/19 - 9:15 am

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.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 11:01 am

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.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 10:56 am

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.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 11:05 am

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.

By adamg - 8/22/19 - 9:42 am
Battle of the sneaker Ns

From the New Balance complaint.

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.

By adamg - 8/17/19 - 12:01 pm

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.

By adamg - 8/10/19 - 10:56 am

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.

By adamg - 8/8/19 - 2:54 pm

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.

By adamg - 7/31/19 - 10:41 am

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.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 12:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state commission's ruling to suspend a liquor chain's license for several days at two stores because it sold alcohol at costs lower than the invoice price it paid, in violation of state regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/19 - 10:59 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a suit by the daughter of a woman paralyzed when shot on a road through the Orchard Gardens development in 2013, saying that because the road is a public way, the management company for the complex was not legally liable for her death, even if it had been hired on a promise to make the place safer. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/19 - 11:32 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a Boston police officer's negligence sparked a fatal 2011 shootout that left one man dead and a police officer and the man's acquaintance shot - and that the negligence went beyond the limits set by a state law that normally bars suits against cities and towns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/19 - 10:41 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that an oil company that has long used OrderMyOil.com to sell heating oil online has no case against a competitor that set up OrderYourOil.com, because the words "order" and "oil" are just too generic to deserve any sort of competitive protection under state law, never mind federal trademark law. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/19 - 4:53 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today a citizen of the Dominican Republic can stay in the US while he pleads for asylum, rejecting government arguments that he no longer faced persecution or torture in his homeland because the threats and violence he endured there ceased when he stopped showing public support for an opposition political party. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 11:51 am

What started as a dispute between owners of adjoining parcels on Rte. 9 in Brookline over a luxury condo project one of them wants to build has turned into a federal lawsuit over whether companies based outside of the state should be forced to register with Massachusetts just to be able to file a lawsuit in state court here. Read more.

By adamg - 6/27/19 - 10:15 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld a judge's decision not to force Boston to let a right-wing activist from West Roxbury fly an explicitly Christian flag from one of the three flagpoles outside City Hall while his suit over the issue remains open. Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/19 - 4:10 pm

A federal judge today sided with two Massachusetts district attorneys and the state's public defenders and barred ICE from detaining people with business in Massachusetts courts while a lawsuit over the issue proceeds. Read more.

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