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Harmless Error

Harmless Error

Covers criminal law in Maine and beyond. By Luke Rioux.

http://harmlesserrorblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    Maine's OUI / DUI look-back will not be extended beyond 10 year

    Maine's OUI / DUI look-back will not be extended beyond 10 year
    Read my latest post at the Portland Press Herald site: Legislative committee rejects 15 year OUI look-back. From the article:Second, third and subsequent OUI offenses have serious mandatory minimum sentences in Maine. Current law “looks…
  • Mar 19

    Meet Maine's newest crime: "Improper Contact"

    Meet Maine's newest crime: "Improper Contact"
    This is where they make lawsOn March 16, 2014 Governor LePage signed LD 1656 into law and created a new crime in Maine. It’s called “Improper Contact” and it’s an awkward fix for an unintended consequence of an…
  • Feb 24

    Samuel Ford v. U.S: SCOTUS applies Burrage to vacate a life sentence

    Samuel Ford v. U.S: SCOTUS applies Burrage to vacate a life sentence
    In its 2/24/14 list of orders, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily disposed of three criminal cases. One of them was Samuel Ford v. United States. Ford was convicted of selling heroin which caused the death of a man named Joseph Scolaro.…
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IP Wise

IP Wise

Covers intellectual property litigation. By Peter J. Brann, Stacy O. Stitham, and David Swetnam-Burland.

http://ipwise.wordpress.com/
  • Apr 18

    Preliminary Injunction For “NPE” With Competing Product

    Preliminary Injunction For “NPE” With Competing Product
    The 2006 Supreme Court opinion in eBay v. MercExchange held that patent cases are no different from other civil cases when it comes to obtaining an injunction. “Irreparable harm”—that is, harm not easily measured in…
  • Apr 16

    Harrowing Hold Notice

    Harrowing Hold Notice
    If you’ve had the regrettable experience of being sued in a lawsuit; you’ve (hopefully) had the experience of implementing a litigation hold notice. Not a pleasant task under any circumstances. But what if the complaint provides…
  • Apr 7

    Some Go This Way, Some Go That Way

    Some Go This Way, Some Go That Way
    Having just reported on a customer–friendly outcome in the Federal Circuit regarding the not–infrequent patent litigation problem of patent asserters suing end–users for the implementation of third–party technology,…
Rank this Week: 2841

The Nielsen Group

The Nielsen Group

Provides information on Maine criminal defense law.

http://www.nielsengrouplaw.com/
  • Apr 18

    Nolo Contendere Plea

    Nolo Contendere Plea
    The term nolo contendere, or “nolo” for short, means that you are pleading “no contest” to criminal charges. By pleading “nolo,” you also are indicating that the State has enough evidence against you to…
  • Feb 2

    Domestic Violence Assault in Maine

    Domestic Violence Assault in Maine
    Domestic Violence Assault in Maine is among the crimes categorized as a domestic violence-specific crime.  Other crimes in this group are Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Domestic Violence Terrorizing, Domestic Violence Stalking,…
  • Feb 2

    First Maine OUI Offense

    First Maine OUI Offense
    Maine has a stern perspective when it comes to drinking and driving. In 2012, 7014 Mainers were arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.  If you have been recently accused of your first Maine OUI Offense,…
Rank this Week: 2037

Banking Law Update

Banking Law Update

Provides updates and commentary on developments in law affecting banks and financial institutions. By Verrill Dana LLP.

http://www.bankinglawupdate.com/
  • Apr 18

    Financial Institutions....In the New

    Financial Institutions....In the New
    Christopher Whalen (NY investment banker) shares his views on the attitude of the mortgage business.  (HousingWire 3.28.14) Thomas Cox responds to Christopher Whalen’s commentary.  (HousingWire 3.28.14) Low interest rates…
  • Apr 18

    FDIC to Banks: Be Vigilant about Cyber-Security

    FDIC to Banks: Be Vigilant about Cyber-Security
    Earlier this month, the FDIC issued guidance to financial institutions to help them address risks associated technology outsourcing and cyber security. On April 7th, the FDIC issued FIL-13-2014 entitled “Technology Outsourcing:…
  • Apr 3

    Bank Regulators Warn About Cyber-Attack

    Bank Regulators Warn About Cyber-Attack
    On April 2, 2014, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter notifying banks of recent “large dollar” ATM fraud and related cyber-attacks aimed at tapping into web-based control panels for ATMs. The FDIC highlighted a recent…
Rank this Week: 2734

Maine Injury Lawyer Blog

Maine Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers Maine car accidents, motorcycle accidents and products liability cases, news and laws. By Peter Thompson & Associates.

http://www.maineinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 18

    Maine Supreme Court Takes on Underinsured Motorist Coverage

    Maine Supreme Court Takes on Underinsured Motorist Coverage
    The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently sided with the parents of a 16-year-old killed in a 2009 car accident, allowing them to move forward in their quest for underinsured motorist benefits. The core issue was the content of a verbal…
  • Apr 11

    Bangor Pedestrian Accidents Increase with Maine Thaw

    Bangor Pedestrian Accidents Increase with Maine Thaw
    A number of crashes involving pedestrians have been reported in recent weeks, prompting a reminder from our  pedestrian accident lawyers that motorists must be more cautious of those traversing the roads by foot. Officials report that a…
  • Apr 7

    Inclement Weather Continues to Affect Maine Driver

    Inclement Weather Continues to Affect Maine Driver
    Two young drivers collided with on another recently on an icy road in Calais, about two hours northeast of Bangor. Both drivers suffered injuries, but thankfully survived. This might not have been very noteworthy, but for the fact that the…
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Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog

Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog

Covers car accidents, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice in Maine. By Briggs & Wholey LLC.

http://www.mainepersonalinjurylawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    The Hidden Danger of Stethoscopes in Maine

    The Hidden Danger of Stethoscopes in Maine
    Most Maine residents go to the doctor in hopes of taking care of their health. They don't anticipate that a visit to the doctor will get them sick. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that every day an estimated 1…
  • Apr 8

    Unnecessary Surgery in Maine?

    Unnecessary Surgery in Maine?
    A USA Today investigation uncovered thousands of unnecessary surgeries around America last year. USA Today looked through government records and medical databases and concluded that 10-20% of surgeries are performed unnecessarily in certain…
  • Apr 1

    Device to Monitor Maine Teens' Texting and Driving

    Device to Monitor Maine Teens' Texting and Driving
    Adults in Maine and other states know that texting and driving is dangerous. Yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2011, 387,000 people were injured and 3331 were killed in car accidents due to…
Rank this Week: 3261

Taking Care of HR Business

Taking Care of HR Business

Covers legal developments in the labor and employment. By Verrill Dana.

http://www.hrlawupdate.com/
  • Apr 14

    Manic Monday: What's His Credit Score?

    Manic Monday: What's His Credit Score?
    While not an employment law case in the truest sense, this recent case sums up some of the issues employers could run into if they conduct credit checks of applicants and current employees; especially, apparently, if the applicant’s…
  • Apr 9

    More New Rules Affecting Federal Contractor

    More New Rules Affecting Federal Contractor
    This year is shaping up to be a difficult one for federal contractors, as more and more compliance obligations continue to pile on. March 24, 2014, marked the effective date for new rules affecting the implementation of Section 503 of the…
  • Apr 7

    Manic Monday: The Beauty Edition- Hair and Makeup

    Manic Monday: The Beauty Edition- Hair and Makeup
    A Southern District of Alabama court recently granted the motion to dismiss in EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions, finding that a company policy that prohibited dreadlocks did not violate Title VII.  Specifically, the court stated,…
Rank this Week: 2903

Energy Law Update

Energy Law Update

Covers major court or regulatory orders, conference or seminar announcements, breaking news in the world of renewable energy, and novel legal issues. By Verrill Dana LLP.

http://www.energylawupdate.com/
  • Apr 10

    Courts Add to Denials of MBTA/BGEPA Claims against Wind Power

    Courts Add to Denials of MBTA/BGEPA Claims against Wind Power
    Two more courts have ruled against wind power opponents’ claims that federal agencies violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by authorizing wind energy projects without first obtaining take permits from the U.S.…
  • Mar 18

    Cape Wind Court Remands on ESA Claims, Denies MBTA Claim

    Cape Wind Court Remands on ESA Claims, Denies MBTA Claim
    A federal district court has issued an 88-page split decision in the litigation challenging federal approvals of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.  On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the District of…
  • Feb 7

    Energy News Roundup: February 1-February 7

    Energy News Roundup: February 1-February 7
    This week in regional energy news … Spectra announced an open season for a new natural gas pipeline to increase capacity in New England.  The Atlantic Bridge project would connect the Algonquin Gas Transmission and Maritimes &…
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Maine Employment Lawyer Blog

Maine Employment Lawyer Blog

Covers employment discrimination, whistleblower protection, and wage and hour laws. By Maine Employee Rights Group.

http://www.maineemploymentlawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 9

    Paid sick and family leave laws are continuing to spread

    Paid sick and family leave laws are continuing to spread
    In most places in the United States, including Maine, employers do not have to provide paid leave to employees who need to take time off from work because they are sick, to care for a sick family member with, or to care for a newborn…
  • Mar 31

    Maine federal court rules against F.W. Webb in disability discrimination and medical leave case

    Maine federal court rules against F.W. Webb in disability discrimination and medical leave case
    In a case that the Maine Employee Rights Group (MERG) filed against F.W. Webb Co., the U.S. District Court of Maine has found that a jury could reasonably conclude that in 2009 F.W. Webb unlawfully fired Mr. Crosby, a former truck driver…
  • Mar 28

    First Circuit rules that sex discrimination case against fire department may proceed

    First Circuit rules that sex discrimination case against fire department may proceed
    The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Maine, other New England states, and Puerto Rico, today reversed the decision of a Puerto Rico court and held that a sex discrimination lawsuit against a Puerto Rico fire…
Rank this Week: 3975

Edmund R. Folsom Law Blog

Edmund R. Folsom Law Blog

Covers Maine criminal law issues.

http://edfolsomlaw.com/the-law-blog
  • Apr 6

    R.I.T. PROF CALLS FOR IMPRISONMENT OF DISSENTERS.

    R.I.T. PROF CALLS FOR IMPRISONMENT OF DISSENTERS.
    Come see… Look what I found under a rock. Lawrence Torcello, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, recently called for criminal prosecution of those who publicly express views on global warming that…
  • Mar 20

    3/31/14 CLE: LICENSE SUSPENSIONS, REINSTATEMENT, IGNITION INTERLOCKS.

    3/31/14 CLE: LICENSE SUSPENSIONS, REINSTATEMENT, IGNITION INTERLOCKS.
    1.      Rules Regarding OUI and Refusal Suspensions in General.  -Courts impose suspensions for OUI convictions under 29-A M.R.S.A. §2411, with the duration determined by how many prior “OUI…
  • Mar 20

    3/31/14 CLE: OUI LICENSE SUSPENSIONS, REINSTATEMENT, IGNITION INTERLOCKS.

    3/31/14 CLE: OUI LICENSE SUSPENSIONS, REINSTATEMENT, IGNITION INTERLOCKS.
    1.      Rules Regarding OUI and Refusal Suspensions in General. -Courts impose suspensions for OUI convictions under 29-A M.R.S.A. §2411, with the duration determined by how many prior “OUI offenses”…
Rank this Week: 3417

Maine Injury, Accident, &…

Maine Injury, Accident, & Disability Law Blog

Covers personal injury and accident law issues in Maine. By the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

http://www.mainepersonalinjurylaw.com/
  • Apr 1

    Mainers To Participate in National Diabetes Clinical Study

    Mainers To Participate in National Diabetes Clinical Study
    As was reported by the Portland Press Herald in an article on March 31st, Maine is one of 20 sites that has been chosen to participate in a nationwide medical study that will examine the relationship between Vitamin D and diabetes. The study,…
  • Mar 7

    General Motors Preparing to Recall 1.6 Million Car

    General Motors Preparing to Recall 1.6 Million Car
    General Motors is preparing to recall 1.6 million of its cars due to problems with the ignition switch. In certain vehicles, this switch can turn off suddenly, which in turn disables the air bags and engines in the cars.Customers affected by…
  • Mar 7

    Joe Bornstein and Portland Celebrate ART WALK

    Joe Bornstein and Portland Celebrate ART WALK
    Today is March 7th, in other words - the first Friday of a new month. Portlanders know what that means... it's time for another First Friday Art Walk! Portland's Art Walk, which started 12 years ago, is a monthly celebration of our…
Rank this Week: 1323

Law at the Water Line

Law at the Water Line

Covers maritime law. By Verrill Dana.

http://www.atlanticmaritimelaw.com/
  • Apr 1

    Small Vessel Warning: Possible Wave On Way From EPA

    Small Vessel Warning: Possible Wave On Way From EPA
    The Environmental Protection Agency has made waves with its recent statements concerning the possible release of new permitting requirements for small commercial vessels. 
  • Mar 5

    Omega Epsilon Ocean Engineering Honor Society Job Fair

    Omega Epsilon Ocean Engineering Honor Society Job Fair
    The Omega Epsilon Ocean Engineering Honor Society at the University of Rhode Island is sponsoring a job fair at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus on March 7, 2014 from 2-4 PM at the Coastal Institute.  Omega Epsilon is comprised of juniors…
  • Oct 7

    Webinar: Potential for Conflicts in the Arctic

    Webinar: Potential for Conflicts in the Arctic
    Co-produced by the National Council on Science and the Environment and led by experts from the Stimson Center and the Elliot School of International Affairs. Join us on October 8 to examine the potential security and ecological ramification…
Rank this Week: 2928

William T. Bly Blog

William T. Bly Blog

Covers Maine drunk driving and criminal defense topics.

http://www.williamblylaw.com/blog
  • Mar 12

    Personal Bankruptcy

    Personal Bankruptcy
    In a straight Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee cancels many or all of your debts. At the same time the trustee might also sell or liquidate some of your property to pay your creditors.  One of the primary purposes of…
  • Mar 10

    Will Barbie's Jeep Land You In Judge Ken's Courthouse?

    Will Barbie's Jeep Land You In Judge Ken's Courthouse?
    We purchase all manner of motorized vehicles for our toddlers.  They look so cute riding around pretending to be grownup and driving to work.  Little do we know that if these young ‘drivers' commit a ‘traffic offense' we…
  • Mar 10

    How JUSTICE is really achieved in our court system.

    How JUSTICE is really achieved in our court system.
    So… last week you were speeding down the highway when you were stopped by the Maine State Police outside of the York Maine toll booths on your way back to your home in Massachusetts.  The officer smelled "booze" on your breath and…
Rank this Week: 4964

Benefits Law Update

Benefits Law Update

Provides updates and commentary on employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. By Verrill Dana, LLP.

http://www.employeebenefitsupdate.com/
  • Dec 17

    IRS Guidance Confirms Treatment of Same Sex Spouses under Cafeteria Plan

    IRS Guidance Confirms Treatment of Same Sex Spouses under Cafeteria Plan
    IRS Notice 2014-01, issued yesterday, provides helpful guidance for the administration of cafeteria plans after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Windsor case.  The guidance provides answers to a number of…
  • Dec 5

    2013 Year End Benefit Plan Compliance Update and Reminders for Employer

    2013 Year End Benefit Plan Compliance Update and Reminders for Employer
    As 2013 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2014, there is no shortage of benefit plan administrative challenges with which employers must contend.  While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“ACA”)…
  • Nov 11

    Fort Halifax Redux: Identifying an ERISA Plan Made Simple Again

    Fort Halifax Redux: Identifying an ERISA Plan Made Simple Again
    We are frequently asked by clients whether a severance policy or program is an “ERISA plan” and, thus, subject to ERISA’s  documentary, administrative, reporting, and disclosure requirements.  A recent decision…
Rank this Week: 2775

OUI Hotline

OUI Hotline

Focuses on drunk driving and drug-related issues in Maine and the northeastern United States. By John Webb.

http://www.ouihotline.com
  • Sep 24

    Molly

    Molly
    Miley Cyrus is dancing with her, Kanye West sings about her. So who is Molly? Molly is a fairly common street drug that causes hallucinations and euphoria but also promises a terrifying and horrific crash. In addition to the drug’s…
  • Sep 20

    THE TIDE HAS SHIFTED…..

    THE TIDE HAS SHIFTED…..
    The Supreme Court recently decided a case Missouri v. McNeely, 567 U.S. ____ (2012) holding that police officers cannot normally conduct blood-alcohol tests without a warrant. After being stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing…
  • Oct 24

    A Bad Day of Driving Then Drinking

    A Bad Day of Driving Then Drinking
    The author of one of the greatest home runs in baseball history, thirty-seven years ago Sunday, was arrested for DUI/OUI/DWI on Monday, October 24th. Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk, a god to Red Sox fans like me after his homerun in Game 6…
Rank this Week: 1947

Maine LGBT Law

Maine LGBT Law

Covers legal issues and developments for Maine members of the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, or Allies) community. By West End Legal, LLC.

http://www.mainelgbtlaw.com/blog
  • Jan 24

    Same Sex Marriage in Maine: What You Need to Know

    Same Sex Marriage in Maine: What You Need to Know
    If you are thinking about getting married to your partner, or you were married in another state or country, there are some things that you should know about Maine’s marriage law.   How to get married. A couple who wants to get…
  • Nov 13

    Same Sex Marriage Passed by Voter

    Same Sex Marriage Passed by Voter
    On November 6, 2012, Maine became the first state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage by referendum. That night was (rightly so) a night of celebration. Couples wept and danced, engagements were announced, and wedding plans commenced.…
  • Sep 16

    Estate Planning

    Estate Planning
    Mapping it all out – protecting yourself and your loved ones with estate planning Estate planning isn’t typically high on the list of priorities for any couple. It typically makes it onto the radar if a couple has children, is about to…
Rank this Week: 4745

Maine Divorce Law Blog

Maine Divorce Law Blog

Covers all aspects of Maine family law, including divorce, separation, child support, mediation, spousal support, child custody and property rights. From Al Nye.

http://www.mainedivorcelawblog.com/
  • Oct 30

    Discretion by Allison Lotta

    Discretion by Allison Lotta
    Discretion by Allison Lotta Touchstone $25.00 hardcover, 321 pages, 978-1-4516-4484-5 (2012)  
  • Oct 15

    Patriots choke against Seattle

    Patriots choke against Seattle
    The Patriots blew a 13 point lead in the 4th quarter against the Seahawks and lost 24-23. This, unfortunately, seemed to be the Patriots of old. Think about last season. How did the Pats lose games? The offense sputtered and seemed…
  • Oct 5

    Taken 2 has arrived

    Taken 2 has arrived
    Taken 2 has just hit the theaters and my daughter Ali wants to see it bad. I enjoyed the first one too and will wait until she gets home from college at Thanksgiving so we can see it together. Anyone else out there waiting to see Laim Neeson…
Rank this Week: 2651

The Garbrecht Gazette

The Garbrecht Gazette

Covers library news, recent acqusitions, sponsered events, training sessions, legal news, and legal research tips. From the Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library at the University of Maine School of Law.

http://umainelawlib.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 23

    The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution: Get This Award Winner For Your Collection

    The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution: Get This Award Winner For Your Collection
    Congratulations to Professor Malick Ghachem!  His recent book, The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution, published by Cambridge University Press, has recently been awarded the American Historical Association's 2012 Major Book Prize. …
  • Sep 6

    Ebook Versions of Federal Rules--FREE from CALI and LLI

    Ebook Versions of Federal Rules--FREE from CALI and LLI
    CALI, in cooperation with the Cornell Legal Information Institute is offering free, downloadable versions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence in Ebook form. They are avaiable from CALI's eLangdell…
  • Aug 31

    Sports Law Symposium: Law and the Olympic Movement

    Sports Law Symposium: Law and the Olympic Movement
    The University of Maine School of Law and the Sports Law Group at the law firm of Preti, Flaherty are sponsoring a symposium on September 13, 2011 entitled "Law and the Olympic Movement". The distinguished panel will be discussing many issues…
Rank this Week: 4358

Maine Divorce Law Blog

Maine Divorce Law Blog

Covers Maine family law, including divorce, separation, child support, mediation, spousal support, child custody and property rights. By Alan R. Nye.

http://www.mainedivorcelawblog.com/
  • Oct 1

    What is going

    What is going
    What is going on with the Gay Marriage Vote in Maine? It's coming up again for a vote this year and I've yet to see any opposing television commercials like in past votes? Have the opponents run out of money or has the time come for this…
  • May 19

    Thumbtack.com

    Thumbtack.com
    Can you ever have too many sites promoting your services?Experienced Legal Help
  • Feb 4

    Married Lawyers Divorcing and both hate their job

    Married Lawyers Divorcing and both hate their job
    According to this article in the ABA Journal, two married lawyers who both hate practicing law are fighting in their divorce over is which one should work at a legal job to pay both of their student loans. Naturally, neither wants to do…
Rank this Week: 2668

NLS Maine Law Blawg

NLS Maine Law Blawg

By the New Lawyers Section of the Maine State Bar Association.

http://mainelawblawg.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 29

    High School Mock Trial Competition

    High School Mock Trial Competition
    The High School Mock Trial Competition needs additional attorneys, primarily in Augusta and Portland, to serve as evaluators for the mock trials to be held in November. For additional information and to volunteer as an evaluator, please…
  • Jul 7

    Happy Hour for Summer Applicants to the Maine Bar at Brian Boru

    Happy Hour for Summer Applicants to the Maine Bar at Brian Boru
    The New Lawyer's Section is sponsoring a good luck fete for those taking the bar this summer at Brian Boru in Portland on Friday, July 10 at 5:30. This is an annual event in which new lawyers and erstwhile lawyers gather to commiserate and…
  • May 12

    Brown Bag on Superior Court Business and Consumer Docket

    Brown Bag on Superior Court Business and Consumer Docket
    The New Lawyers Section is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion with Justice Humphrey and Justice Nivison relative to the Business and Consumer Docket of the Superior Court, at 12:00 p.m. on June 23, 2009.
Rank this Week: 1377