One thing the Trump shutdown didn't end was a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to set off explosives at the bottom of Boston Harbor tomorrow to deepen a shipping channel. It took a judge to do that. Read more.
A Boston housing-court judge last week gave a receiver permission to try to sell a burned-out rattrap at 97 Mt. Ida Rd., after years of effort by the city to get current litigious owner James Dickey to clean up the property.
Reuters reports the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from ExxonMobil over a Massachusetts court ruling that it hand over documents related to the company's efforts to not just hide evidence of climate change but to discredit the science involved. Read more.
Uber calls them independent contractors, but a group of its drivers in the Boston-area say they are really employees who deserve to make, at the very least, the Massachusetts minimum wage, along with getting overtime and sick leave. Read more.
Raoul Marradi of Jamaica Plain, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair, has died at 59, after several years of suing scores of restaurants, bars and landlords in the Boston area to require them to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.
A federal judge ruled today that a Massachusetts law that can be used to prosecute journalists and others making secret audio recordings of police and public officials in public spaces is unconstitutional. Read more.
A federal judge today rejected arguments from the operator of a Back Bay garage that even if one of its employees left a large drain hole uncovered, it wasn't liable for a man's injuries when he tripped in it because the hole was so obvious the guy should've known to stay away from it. Read more.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a Missouri bank robber nearing the end of his sentence at a Massachusetts facility that demanded Gov. Baker ensure Logan Airport has at least 500 cots - and a commensurate number of portable toilets - on hand for possible weather-related delays this winter. Read more.
An investment in Polish margarine that went sour could cost a Boston venture capital firm and its principal owner more than $3 million in arbitration costs, if a federal judge here agrees to enforce an international tribunal's decision against them. Read more.
Airbnb, which ginned up a heavy-handed astroturf campaign to try to block city regulation of short-term rentals, is now trying another approach: A lawsuit charging Boston with heavy handedness of its own by attempting to violate both Airbnb's and its affiliates' free speech and privacy rights. Read more.
A federal judge ruled yesterday there is nothing wrong with the residency requirements set by Boston Public Schools and that BPS was within its rights to rescind a boy's acceptance to Boston Latin School because his parents were unable to prove the family actually lived in Boston. Read more.
A federal judge ruled today that organizers of a Senate debate this Sunday can exclude independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai because published polls show him garnering less than 10% of the vote. Read more.
Yet another federal judge has told the owner of the remains of a three decker at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. to leave the federal courts out of his dispute over the state sanitary code, under which the city has been trying to have the building fixed or razed since it was heavily damaged in a 2011 fire. Read more.
A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit by the company behind Craft Beer Cellar outlets against an online site that lets people post reviews of their workplaces, because of a federal law that protects sites against suits over comments made on sites by third parties. Read more.
James Dickey of Sudbury, who has spent the past few years filing lawsuits against city officials who demand he do something about his fire-ravaged, rat-infested property at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester, this week lost his legal battle - for now - against the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the union's refusal to let him try to be a player's agent any longer. Read more.
A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit over the lack of hazelnuts in a local company's Hazelnut Crème Coffee as a whole latte nothing because the woman who brought the suit didn't make a strong enough case on exactly how she was harmed. Read more.
A Cohasset resident and a New Yorker are seeking millions of dollars from Ocean Spray because its products advertise themselves as being free of "artificial flavors and colors" when they contain malic and fumaric acid made in petrochemical plants. Read more.
A federal judge ruled today that Sharon McDonald can continue her civil-rights lawsuit against a Boston Police detective who had her arrested for a May, 2012 armed robbery in Roslindale, which led to her being locked up in a Suffolk County jail for eight days because she could not make the initial $5,000 bail. Read more.
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