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

Massachusetts DOER Issues Compensation Rates for SMART Program; EDCs Select 17 Projects for Long-Term, Tariff-Based Payments in SMART Program RFP

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released important new guidelines for its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, by which the Commonwealth will procure up to 1,600 megawatts (MW)…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature Convenes - On January 3, 2018, the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature convened to begin its review of more than 400 bills. Some of the larger issues facing…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Courts Continue To Grapple With Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA

When is it safe to terminate an employee who has exhausted (or is ineligible for) Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but who is unable to return to work? This question continues to confound employers, and has been the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Respondents in FERC v. Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC To Receive “Trial De Novo”

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an opinion finding that a “trial de novo governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence” shall be…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Winter is officially upon us, and while the 128th Legislature is set to resume a busy schedule on January 3, 2018, the first day of this Legislature’s Second Regular Session, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect briefly…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Ascertainability & In Re Nexium – The Side-Effects Continue

As various contributors to this blog have noted, a divided panel of the First Circuit adopted a “loose” approach to the ascertainability requirement in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation. Specifically, while acknowledging that…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Mass. Appeals Court Clarifies Requirements For Extending Common-Scheme Real Estate Restrictions Beyond 30 Years

In its decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, the Massachusetts Appeals Court answered an important question about extending common-scheme real estate restrictions beyond the presumptive statutory limit of 30 years…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Maine DEP Voluntary Response Action Program Releases Updated Guidance

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) just provided updated guidance explaining the new application fees and -- perhaps more importantly -- clarifying and updating…more
 /  Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Legislative Load Increases to 412 Bills for Second Regular Session - The ten-member Legislative Council met on Thursday, November 30 at the State House to consider appealed bill requests for introduction in the Second Regular…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Taxation

Mass. SJC Says Chapter 40B Doesn’t Authorize Override Of Municipally-Held Property Restriction

In its recent decision in 135 Wells Avenue, LLC v. Housing Appeals Committee (pdf), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) confirmed that a property restriction held by a municipality cannot be overridden by the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Massachusetts EDCs Issue New RFP For 100 MW Of New Solar PV Generation; Bids Due December 5

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking offers from eligible solar photovoltaic (Solar PV)…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Mass. Appeals Court Rebuffs Mortgagee’s Novel Bid For Equitable Subrogation

In its decision yesterday in Wells Fargo Bank v. Comeau, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected the plaintiff mortgagee’s attempt to use the doctrine of equitable subrogation in a novel way: to impose on a surviving wife the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Consumer Financial Services Arbitration: Another Perspective

Much has been said and written about Congress’ rejection of the CFPB proposal to ban class action waivers in arbitration agreements between consumers and financial services companies. One of the most frequent statements I have…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

“We’re Listening” – CMS Issues Final Rule For Year 2 Of The Quality Payment Program And Highlights Efforts To Continue Flexibilities And Reduce Clinical Burdens

On November 2, 2017, CMS issued the final rule with comment for the second year (2018) of the Quality Payment Program as well as an interim final rule. Continuing with its theme of a CMS that is “listening to feedback,” CMS…more
 /  Health
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