Two founders of craft brewer Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville have sued the third for trademark infringement after, they say, he stole the company's recipes, fonts, and even UPC codes to start up a competing brewery under their noses. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Jamie's Variety, 113 H St., which means senior citizens living across the street will soon no longer have to risk life and limb up on Broadway just to buy some beer or wine. Read more.
The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday sued the Encore Boston Casino and four bus companies over casino shuttle buses it charges were allowed to idle for more than the state-allowed five minutes at locations in Everett and Medford, including the Wellington T stop. Read more.
When applicants go before the Boston Licensing Board for a liquor license, they have to answer the question of the "public need" for the license. At a hearing this morning, a lawyer for the Hyatt chain cited Boston's international stature as a reason for the board to approve the chain's proposed purchase of the license now used by An Tain on India Street for a 294-room, 12-story hotel it's building at 315 Northern Ave. in the Seaport. Read more.
RCI Hospitality Holdings of Houston, which runs a national chain of strip clubs, wants to shower the owners of Centerfolds with $15 million to acquire the Lagrange Street club and to convert it into one of its Rick's Cabarets. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposal to stick a newfangled digital billboard atop a Lincoln Street business next to the Massachusetts Turnpike after hearing from elected officials and neighborhood groups that 60-foot-high structure would become a blight in an up-and-coming area, even if its LEDs would be designed to only beam into the eyes of drivers on the highway. Read more.
Not much to look at, but the focus of two court decisions now.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today rejected a woman's attempts to force the city of Boston to let her drive trucks over a tiny, unpaved bit of land to a former fabrication shop on Walnut Street in Hyde Park, because the deed that allegedly gave her real-estate trust ownership of the property was a fake. Read more.
Today's the anniversary of the day Apple held an IPO to sell public shares in the company - except in Massachusetts, where regulators deemed the offering too risky for individual investors and so barred individuals from buying shares. The value of the stock has since risen 69,000%.