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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.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 1:45 pm

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.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 12:04 pm

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.

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 7:58 am

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.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 10:46 am

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.

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