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Water, Water everywhere …

There were two court decisions this week regarding regulation of Maine rivers, one from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Watts v. BEP, and one federal, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay v. Hydro Kennebec, LLC…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Riley v. California Advances Individual Privacy Rights in this Digital Age

Employee privacy rights may have received a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of this year’s term. In Riley v. California, the most recent in a series of criminal search and seizure cases involving technology, the…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hundreds of NLRB Decisions Nullified Because of Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

In NLRB v. Noel Canning, the Supreme Court held that President Obama’s appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members in January 2012 during a three day intra-session Senate recess were unconstitutional because the…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

For-Profit Corporations Can Object to Federal Laws on Religious Grounds

The United Statutes Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision holds that for-profit closely held corporations can object, on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs, to the contraception mandate imposed by the Patient…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent weeks, Governor LePage and the Department of Health and Human Services have disagreed with Attorney General Janet Mills regarding the Administration’s ability to influence whether municipalities distribute General…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law

Boiler Owners Must Submit Notification to EPA by July 19, 2014

In December 2012, the U.S. EPA finalized changes to its National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Source Boilers at 40 C.F.R. Part 63, Subpart JJJJJJ. Under this regulation, owners or operators of…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

First Circuit Upholds Use of Retained Asset Accounts in ERISA Class Action

On July 2, 2014, a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that Unum Life Insurance Company’s practice of using Retained Asset Accounts (RAAs) to pay death benefits claims on group life…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor, Attorney General Disagree Over General Assistance - In what has been characterized by some as capitalizing on a national political issue, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance to…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Health

Surprise -- EPA's Proposed CO2 Control Regulation Would Affect More Than Just Coal Utility Boilers

Anyone who has read the newspaper or watched the news in the past month will know that EPA has proposed a regulation that would require coal-powered plants to reduce greenhouse gas (primarily carbon dioxide (CO2)) emissions. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Florida Broadens Definition of Personal Information and Shortens Breach Notification Requirements

Last week, Florida signed into law the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, effective July 1, 2014. This new law is broader than Florida’s prior law and includes some important, and in some instances unique, provisions…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update: Supreme Court Upholds Basic Presumption but Gives Defendants Chance for Win at Class Certification

Earlier this spring, in our post titled, The Supreme Court Ponders the Future of the Basic Presumption in Securities Litigation, we reported on the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

The Plaintiff Who Knew Too Much: First Circuit Dismisses Effort to Toll Statute of Limitations

On June 3, 2014, the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action filed by a group of former workers in a French luggage factory against Bain Capital, LLC in the District of Massachusetts. The case exemplifies…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, International Law & Trade

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS SET STAGE FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT - On June 10th, Mainers went to the…more
| Elections & Politics

Dealing with a Data Broker? Here's What you Need to Know

The FTC recently released its report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability.” The report is the result of a study of nine data brokers and provides legislative recommendations..…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor LePage Names Richard Rosen Acting DAFS Commissioner - On May 29th, Governor LePage…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking
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