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254 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101, United States
Phone: 207.791.1100
Fax: 207.791.1350
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
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  • Securities Law
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Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
Other Countries
  • Sweden
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

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. Looking Ahead . . . While the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature has adjourned sine die,…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Health

Workplace Wellness Program Incentives Under Fire - Again

For years, employers have been trying to find the right incentives for employees to embrace wellness programs. If incentives are too meager, employees are not likely to participate. If they are weighted too heavily in favor of…more
 /  Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants who…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Island Means Island: Pierce Atwood Successfully Defends Against Tribal Claim to Control State Waters

In 1980, the State of Maine, Congress, and Maine tribes entered into Settlement Acts to resolve claims that the tribes owned two-thirds of the State. In return for, among other things, federal recognition and money, the tribes…more
 /  Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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. Republicans Challenge Wording of Medicaid Expansion Question on Fall Ballot - Question 2 on Maine’s…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Health, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Sky’s Now the Limit: E-Verify for Airport Operators

USCIS has released an E-Verify Quick Reference Guide For Airport Operators. Under the Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-190, airport operators can now apply to have…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Value Based Reimbursement: CMS Dials Back; Large Employers Forge Ahead

Last week, CMS announced in proposed rulemaking its proposal to cancel the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model. It also announced plans to revise certain aspects of the…more
 /  Health

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the 2008…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FERC Quorum Restored, New Chairman Named

On August 4, the Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC Commissioners. Commissioner Chatterjee was sworn in on August 8 and Commissioner Robert Powelson was sworn in today, August 10…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – Its Origins and the High Bar It Must Meet

To predict the Privacy Shield’s future, it’s helpful to recall its origins and to understand the high bar it must meet – namely, ensuring “an adequate level of protection” under the Data Protection Directive. …more
 /  Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Senate Confirms FERC Nominees

The Senate voted last week to confirm the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to fill two of the four Commissioner vacancies in FERC leadership. The nominations were approved by the full Senate, on a voice vote…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

When you get what you pay for: the First Circuit examines the injury requirement under Massachusetts chapter 93A.

On July 26th, the First Circuit issued rulings in putative consumer class actions brought by the same attorney against two national department store chains, challenging their allegedly deceptive use of comparative pricing on…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

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. Legislature Met on July 20 to Consider Bond Bills, Items from Special Appropriations Table - After a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Taxation, Transportation

Maine Court Declines to Follow Textron; Work Product Rule Protects Tax Accrual Work Papers

In a well-reasoned decision, Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy refused to grant the State Tax Assessor’s motion to compel deposition testimony relating to the taxpayer’s tax accrual (FIN 48) work papers and related…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

CMMI Focuses on Behavioral Health

CMS recently announced that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is interested in lowering the cost of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions while improving the quality…more
 /  Health
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