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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

FERC Issues Annual Enforcement Report

On November 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement issued its Report on Enforcement, detailing its activities in 2014. These activities continued to focus on three areas..…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Bankruptcy Alert: Covering Reported Business Bankruptcy Filings in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filings in New York and Delaware Listing Assets of More Than $1 Million

Because your business extends beyond the borders of a single state, ours does too. Today, we are a multi-disciplinary team of highly creative, hard working, responsive, business savvy and experienced bankruptcy and creditors’…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts

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. 127th Maine Legislature to Convene - Pursuant to Maine’s Constitution, the 127th Maine…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

Alice was a Game-Changer: Federal Circuit Changes Course on Advertising Patent

The third time is the charm in Ultramercial v. Hulu: After twice finding that an advertising method patent was directed to patent eligible subject matter, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s third Ultramercial…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Teach Appropriate Speech - Or risk liability for employees' derogatory on-line comments about customers

Recent District of Hawaii decision suggests social media policies are more important than ever, despite NLRB’s dramatic limits on employers’ ability to police employee speech on the Internet - Howard v. Hertz -…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - - Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act, 33 C.F.R. Part 328 - - In connection with its proposed rule regarding the definition of…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

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. Election Results Largely Final - While the results of Maine’s higher-profile elections were…more
| Elections & Politics

Under the Dome: 2014 Maine Election Edition

Maine’s polls closed a little more than sixteen hours ago and, except for a handful of recounts for Maine House and Senate seats, the results are in. Pierce Atwood’s Government Relations team, which includes John Delahanty,…more
| Elections & Politics

Proposed Changes to Proof of Claim Procedure Require Mortgagees to Provide More Information in Less Time

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure published a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms. If adopted,…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Maine DEP Proposes to Revamp Solid Waste Rules

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued several public notices detailing numerous proposed changes to Maine’s solid waste rules. These changes are being proposed largely in response to legislation passed…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Election Day This Tuesday - Election day is almost here. There are a number of hotly contested races on this year’s ballot and, on Tuesday, voters will pick winners in a U.S. Senate race, both Congressional races, the…more
| Elections & Politics

Maine Supreme Court Affirms Broad Review Powers for BEP in Clearing Way for Wind Project

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the Law Court) recently issued an important decision that confirms the broad authority of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to review decisions of the Commissioner of the Maine…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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