Articles by Denise Lavoie

14 Charged for Roles in Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The nationwide outbreak was traced …

Mass. Gun-Maker to Pay $600K in Gun-Death Lawsuit

A Massachusetts gun-maker has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to the families of one man who was killed and another man who was wounded in a shooting involving a gun allegedly stolen from the company, a national gun-control group announced …

Massachusetts Court Says Smokers’ Lawsuit Can Go Forward

Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. might have to pay for chest scans so long-time smokers can get early warning of lung cancer, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that under some circumstances, Massachusetts …

Massachusetts Court Says Smokers’ Lawsuit Can Go Forward

Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. might have to pay for chest scans so long-time smokers can get early warning of lung cancer, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that under some circumstances, Massachusetts …

Journalists, Bloggers Watching Libel Case Involving Staples’ E-mail

For decades, U.S. journalists have been guided by what most considered an absolute defense to libel lawsuits: If a news report is true, it can’t be libelous. But a recent decision by a federal appeals court in Boston is calling …

Company to Pay $16M in Fatal Big Dig Collapse

Prosecutors will drop a manslaughter charge against the only company charged in the fatal Big Dig tunnel collapse after the New York epoxy firm agreed to pay $16 million to settle a civil lawsuit. Powers Fasteners Inc., of Brewster, N.Y., …

Massachusetts Court Says Livery Firm Liable in Fatal Crash

A livery company and its driver could be held liable in a fatal car accident caused by a drunken passenger after he left the livery van, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled. The Supreme Judicial Court found that Ultimate Livery Service Inc., …

Big Dig Tunnel Victim’s Family Settles Lawsuit for $28 Million

The family of a Costa Rican woman killed when the ceiling of a downtown Boston tunnel collapsed has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $28 million, attorneys told The Associated Press. The settlement was announced Tuesday night by …

Insurers Settle Clergy Sex Abuse Claims with Massachusetts Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, has reached an $8.5 million settlement with insurance companies to pay claims filed by people who were sexually abused by priests. Mark Dupont, a spokesman for the diocese, said $3.5 million will be …

Widower, Industry Seek Change in Mass. Life Insurance Claims Law

When Jenny and John Crowley learned they were having a baby, they did the responsible thing: they bought life insurance. Barely in their 30s, they passed the insurance company’s physicals, applied for a $500,000 policy for Jenny and a $1 …