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Portland, ME 04101, United States
Phone: 207.791.1100
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100+ Attorneys

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

The New 2017 AIA Contract Forms Add Exhibit A Requiring Greater Specificity in Contractually Required Insurance

In negotiating contracts based on the AIA’s widely-used construction industry forms, construction owners and contractors will soon start seeing the AIA’s new seven-page Insurance “Exhibit A,” which requires a more comprehensive…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically, the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

State of Maine Endured Short, Tension-filled Shutdown - Around 2:00 am on Tuesday, July 4, Governor LePage signed the biennial budget that had been delivered to him moments before by the Secretary of the Maine Senate, Heather…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

Trump to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman

Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republican Kevin J. McIntyre to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Trump Administration Blocks Final Rule Creating Legal Immigration Status for Startup Entrepreneurs

The Trump Administration has delayed the effective date of an Obama Administration rule that would have provided a legal immigration status for foreign entrepreneurs. The rule, originally announced in January 2017, was scheduled…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Justice Thomas’ Concurring Opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker: A Useful Reminder

On June 12th, the Supreme Court issued its unsurprising decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, addressing a relatively recent twist concerning the appealability of orders denying class certification. The case resulted in…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

State Budget Down to the Wire - At publication time on this last day of June 2017, the Maine Legislature had yet to enact a budget for the biennium that starts at midnight tonight. Last week, the Legislature was presented a…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Issues New RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Energy Projects; December 2017 Bid Deadline

This week, the Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution companies (Distribution Companies), in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) (together, Soliciting Parties), issued a joint…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

Trump to Nominate Richard Glick as FERC Commissioner

Last night, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Richard Glick, the Democratic general counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as a FERC Commissioner, to fill Commissioner Honorable’s…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Rhode Island Passes Legislation to Streamline Approval Process for Renewable Energy Projects

Following our client alert several days ago concerning the Rhode Island General Assembly’s consideration of legislation designed to streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects, we can report that the governor…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Multi-State Class Actions After the Supreme Court’s Decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

On June 19th, the Supreme Court issued a decision that could have important consequences for multi-state class actions. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, the Court addressed the question whether a California state…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal of Travel Ban Injunctions

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeals from the preliminary injunctions against the Executive Order travel ban upheld by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, consolidated the Fourth…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

USCIS Will Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Physicians Under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program

USICS announced that – beginning June 26, 2017 – it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, as well as interested government agency waivers…more
 /  Health, Immigration Law

Maine to Require Collection of Sales and Use Tax from Remote Sellers

The state of Maine has waded into uncharted territory with the passage of a law that requires out-of-state sellers to collect Maine sales and use tax on their sales into Maine even if they do not have a physical presence in the…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation
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