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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 Names Two Commissioners - This week, Governor LePage officially notified the…more
| Elections & Politics

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Trademark Tacking is Issue for Jury

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank that the issue of whether two trademarks may be “tacked” for purposes of determining a priority claim is a question for the jury…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor’s Budget Proposal Released - On January 9th, Governor LePage submitted his biennial budget proposal to the 127th Maine Legislature. This document is the blueprint for state taxing and spending over the next two…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Health, Taxation

The Road Ahead: Privacy and Cybersecurity in 2015

2014 has been called the “Year of the Data Breach.”  In the wake of many high-profile data breaches, including the recent Sony breach, 2015 promises a continued focus on privacy and cybersecurity issues. This week, President…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Education, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Maine Governor Proposes Major State Tax Restructuring

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a major restructuring of Maine’s tax system as part of his FY 2016-2017 budget submission. Generally, the governor’s proposal decreases the state’s reliance on income tax revenue and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor Inaugurated, Delivers His Address - On January 7th, Governor LePage took the oaths of office and officially began his second term as Maine’s Governor. As is custom, he also delivered his inaugural address. This…more
| Elections & Politics

Governor Nominates McLean Commissioner of Maine Public Utilities Commission and Names Commissioner Vannoy as Chairman

Governor Paul R. LePage announced yesterday that Carlisle McLean has been nominated as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). If confirmed by the Legislature, McLean would fill the position vacated by…more
| Energy & Utilities

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead, 40 C.F.R. Part 50 EPA is proposing to retain the current national ambient air quality standards for lead without revision. …more
| Environmental Law, 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. Committee Assignments Announced - On December 23rd, the President of the Senate, Mike Thibodeau, and the…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - New Critical Habitat for Gulf of Maine Atlantic Sturgeon to be Designated - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has agreed to designate critical habitat for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Patent Office Guidance Takes Steps Toward Clarifying Subject Matter Eligibility

The USPTO’s latest Guidance on subject matter eligibility takes some positive steps toward stabilizing the examination rules in the context of complex and dynamic case law. The USPTO is accepting comments about the Guidance…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Senate Confirms Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Colette Honorable as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Receiving bipartisan praise throughout the process, Honorable’s confirmation cleared the full U.S. Senate on…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Unions Can Now Use Your Email to Organize Your Workforce

The Prior Rule - The NLRB held in its 2007 Register Guard decision that employers could prohibit the use of company email for non-business purposes, including engaging in concerted protected activity. Arguing that this…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from hazardous…more
| Environmental Law

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. COMPOSITION OF 127TH LEGISLATURE FINALLY SET - This week, the winner of the race for Senate…more
| Elections & Politics
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