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By adamg - 1/24/21 - 9:33 pm

A Boston city council already embroiled in controversy over how many mayoral elections to hold this year - in addition to dealing with the pandemic, racial inequities and police reform - now has to battle Satan, in the form of a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple of Salem over its refusal to let any Satanists give one of the invocations that start Wednesday council meetings. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:11 pm
Christian flag in question

The flag in question.

For the second time in 18 months, a federal appeals court in Boston has told Hal Shurtleff that he has no right to raise a flag with a large cross on it over City Hall Plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 12:57 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by Jonathan Monsarrat over postings in a Somerville community forum, saying the forum's moderator did nothing wrong or defamatory when he moved the entire discussion group from a server owned by Russians to one based in the US. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 10:47 am

Last October, Stephen Brussard sued Harvard in federal court in Boston, alleging he was fired as a maintenance worker for blowing the whistle on managers having other employees work on their homes. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/21 - 11:51 pm

Update, 1/15: Judge Indira Talwani approved the settlement.

A Faneuil Street couple today formally signed off on a settlement in their suit against Boston and several BPD officers who smashed their door down with a battering ram in the middle of the night and then cuffed them and their 15-year-old daughter as their other two children - 4 and 5 - watched, in a raid that was supposed to be aimed at somebody who lived in the apartment next door. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/11/21 - 8:20 pm

Matthew Sandofsky says his name is worth something, and that he's tired of Google making a profit off it, so he's suing the company for the $1,000 he says it owes him - and every other American whose names can be found on a search results page. Read more.

By adamg - 1/4/21 - 11:16 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Uber did a crappy job of alerting new users that by creating an account they were agreeing to a host of conditions they might not even realize existed, at least not until they sued Uber over something and the company pulled out those conditions and did the legal equivalent of "gotcha!" Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/20 - 11:24 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that FBI records related to the shooting death of an alleged ISIS sympathizer in a Roslindale parking lot became Massachusetts "public records" once the bureau shared them with Massachusetts investigators, and that the Suffolk County District Attorney's office has to do a better job explaining why the man's mother shouldn't get copies of them. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/20 - 10:23 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that people have the right to surreptitiously record police officers at work in "public spaces" such as parks, agreeing with two local activists that the First Amendment takes precedence over a state law banning private recording in that circumstance. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/20 - 11:57 am

People have a First Amendment right to panhandle on public streets, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today, striking down a law that bars panhandling while allowing others to try to sell newspapers, solicit charitable contributions or hail a cab at the very same street corners. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/20 - 1:51 pm

A federal judge ruled today that Northeastern students who filed a class-action suit over the way they had to start taking classes online due to Covid-19 have now made a good enough case to warrant further consideration in court. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 10:37 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one of 23 attorneys general who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court today explaining in dry legal language why the attorney general of Texas is just wrong about life in general and elections, the Constitution and coronavirus in particular. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. Baker has the power to order businesses shut and to limit the size of gatherings during a public-health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/20 - 11:43 pm

When five failed Republican office seekers sued to overturn all the 2020 results in Massachusetts earlier this week, some wondered why Shiva Ayyadurai was not among them. After all, he's also suing over the results and contributed an affidavit to a now failed suit by some Trump supporters in Georgia. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/20 - 11:48 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that a Newton couple can claim some land that used to belong to a neighboring lot because the people they bought the land from had put up a fence five feet over the line and the neighboring owner didn't complain - for at least 20 years. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/20 - 10:13 pm

A federal judge should dismiss failed Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai's demand for a halt to the certification of both the September primary and November election and a hand recount of all ballots because Ayyadurai waited too long to file his suit and ask for a recount and because he sued Secretary of State William Galvin when it's the governor and the Governor's Council who certify election results, which they did last week. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/20 - 9:14 pm

A federal judge ruled today it's too early for her to consider whether to dismiss a lawsuit against and FBI agent and a Boston Police detective by the mother of the man they shot in front of the Roslindale CVS in 2015 when, they say, he came at them with a large knife. Read more.

By adamg - 11/24/20 - 10:25 pm

A federal judge said today he's willing to consider failed Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai's allegation that the state destroyed one million ballots to deprive him of his allegedly rightful place on the November ballot, but, no, he's not going to issue an emergency court order to bar the state from certifying the final results of both the September primary and the November general election. Read more.

By adamg - 11/24/20 - 3:58 pm

Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a lawsuit against Boston Sports Club after "repeated failures" to honor requests for membership cancellations and refunds in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/20 - 1:48 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a Weymouth man's suit against Charlie Baker and Maura Healey over this spring's Covid-19 orders because the man did not show any direct harm to himself in the orders, something that's required for a lawsuit in federal court. Read more.

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