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.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider her ruling that the state can refuse to give the Boston Globe copies of databases of birth and marriage records that are available as public records to anyone willing to pay $9 an hour to sit at a terminal in a state office on Columbia Point. Read more.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that an American who worked as an administrative assistant in the Canadian consulate in Boston can try to convince a judge that the consulate should pay her for injuries she suffered in a fall there, in a case in which both the Canadian government and the US State Department were forced to consider the intricacies of Massachusetts workers compensation law. Read more.
The US Postal Service was facing an eviction hearing in Charlestown District Court on Thursday for the post office in the Bunker Hill Mall, but got that delayed yesterday when it had the case transferred to federal court, which puts a hold on any local legal action, possibly for months. Read more.
David Gaffin and Christian Lopez say text messages they got from New England Fat Loss 2, Inc., of Longmeadow violate the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and so the company should be made to pay. Read more.
An Amtrak police officer had probable cause to arrest an Amtrak worker at South Station in an argument turned shoving match over whether a woman with young children could board a train early, but the worker has the right to try to convince a jury the cop used excessive force once the worker was down on the ground and being cuffed, a federal judge ruled today. Read more.
Students at Mount Ida College may have been caught by surprise when the school suddenly shut last year, but they shouldn't have been and officials at the Newton school did nothing legally wrong in closing the school and selling its campus to UMass Amherst, a federal judge ruled yesterday in dismissing a suit by three students who sought damages for the sudden change in their educational careers. Read more.
A federal judge today ordered Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office to notify officers and prosecutors that people generally have the right to secretly record cops and other public employees and officials in public places. Read more.
Luis Rodriguez, who now lives in Framingham, is suing Boston Public Schools and current Cedar Junction inmate Shaun Harrison over the way Harrison shot Rodriguez and left him to die out of fear the then English High School student would reveal Harrison's pot-dealing operation at the school. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a bicyclist can sue the downtown-Boston steam company for injuries he suffered when an allegedly misaligned utility cover on New Sudbury Street threw him to the ground, because the state law that governs complaints about road repair only refers to the government bodies that own the roads, not private companies that may have done something to cause a problem on those roads. Read more.
Michael Rae, a former Transit Police lieutenant, has sued the MBTA, Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green and Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan over the way he was fired in 2017, charging he was fired not for sleeping on the job but because Green, who is black, is biased against whites and veterans like him and that Sullivan, who is white, is biased against union officials who complain about working conditions. Read more.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan joined today with public defenders to file a federal lawsuit that seeks to keep ICE agents out of state courthouses - such as Newton District Court, where a judge now faces federal criminal charges for trying to protect a man from an ICE agent waiting in the court lobby. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal details her case, which includes allegations Digital First Media forced her to cut back on a second job even as it was letting male counterparts keep theirs and piling new responsibilities on her with no increase in compensation, unlike male counterparts who became eligible for new bonuses after the company picked up the paper in bankruptcy court.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a judge's appointment of a receiver to do something about the fire-ravaged, rat-infested three decker at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. that its owner, James Dickey of Sudbury, has refused to clean up since it burned in a fire in 2011. Read more.
Boston Children's Hospital is suing a Saudi prince it says has reneged on a commitment to pay for the care of a baby with a rare disease that can only be treated with an incredibly expensive drug. Read more.
Matthew S. Schwartz of NPR reports on a lawsuit against the Ol' Crimson brought by one Tamara Lanier. Per Lanier "Papa Renty" is the patriarch of her family. And in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, she says Harvard is using those photos without permission — and in so doing, profiting from photos taken by a racist professor determined to prove the inferiority of black people."
A federal jury decided yesterday that two Boston officers did not deprive Burrell Ramsay-White of his civil rights when one of them fatally shot him during a confrontation in the South End on Aug. 21, 2012. Read more.