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Caution: Your Mobile App May Unintentionally Violate COPPA

As online activity shifts to mobile devices, regulators are watching. Last week, Yelp agreed to settle a claim with the FTC for $450,000 for its alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Maine DEP Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule Changes

Last week, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) announced a proposal to amend its Hazardous Waste rules to allow certain paints to be managed as universal waste. While the proposed rules may appear limited…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. Gubernatorial Nominations Being Announced, Senate Confirmation Session Set - Over the past…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

This monthly publication provides information on compliance deadlines, regulatory developments, and other developments in federal, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire environmental and land use laws. NEW REGULATORY…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

At the end of August, Speaker of the Maine House, Mark Eves, announced a $65 million housing bond proposal for affordable housing for seniors, pay increases for in-home care workers and expanded property tax credits for seniors…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Real Estate - Residential

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

While most attention in Augusta now is on politics, specifically the ins and outs of the Governor’s race, some policy discussions remain ongoing in Augusta. This week, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee held an…more
| Elections & Politics

EPA Approves Maine's NOx Waiver Request – VOC Waiver Request Still Pending

Since the mid-1990s, Maine has had an EPA-approved waiver from the ozone nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements for NOx covering, at a minimum, areas of the state that attain the ozone standard. The NOx waiver has…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Science, Computers, & Technology

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

LEGISLATION FROM 2014 SESSION NOW EFFECTIVE- August 1st was the effective date for almost all legislation enacted during this year’s session that was not deemed “emergency” legislation. This has prompted a round of…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Health

Employer Identity Crisis: NLRB's GC Dramatically Expands Joint Employer Doctrine to Include Franchisors

Employer Status for Franchisors - Franchisors typically do not control hiring discipline, termination, or other employment decisions made at locations operated by independent franchises. Can they nonetheless be liable…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Shedding Light on the Vexing Problem of Issue Certification

This week I attended the annual Class Actions Seminar sponsored by DRI (the Defense Research Institute). It was an excellent program, covering many recent trends in class action practice of interest to corporate counsel and…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

Amending Your Bylaws to Mitigate the Cost of Shareholder Litigation: Fee-shifting and forum selection provisions

Shareholder litigation is on the rise, increasing the cost of doing business; and companies often face litigation on multiple fronts, further increasing litigation exposure. In 2013, 94 percent of M&A deals were challenged by…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by the…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
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