Maine Supreme Court News

Transport company’s appeal of $490K oil spill award turned back by Maine Supreme Court

By John Sammon | Jul 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on July 12 denied the appeal of a trucking company, affirming an earlier trial court judgment of $490,000 in favor of a Maine couple for an oil spill that degraded their property.

Employer can't be ordered to pay for medical marijuana, Maine SC rules; Dissent says workers could be pushed to opioids

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

The Maine Supreme Court has issued a ruling that a company cannot be required to pay for an injured employee's medical marijuana. The dissenting justices argued that this decision ignores what’s best for the injured worker.

Law firm's arbitration agreement not good enough, Maine Supreme Court rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 24, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – An arbitration agreement between one of New England's largest law firms and a former client is unenforceable because the firm didn't clearly explain what rights the client would lose in arbitration, Maine's Supreme Judicial Court ruled last month.

Maine Supreme Court affirms arbitration agreement

By David Hutton | Oct 31, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court has dealt Cate Street Capital a blow in its appeal of a Cumberland Superior Court judgment, affirming an arbitration award granted to Matthew Eastwick and denying a motion to vacate the award.

Car insurers don't have to pay out after man shot in car

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a ruling that car insurance companies named as defendants in a lawsuit are not responsible for paying recovery fees to the parents of a man who died in a vehicle from gunshot wounds.

Maine Supreme Court rules to uphold judgment in dog bite suit

By Olivia Olsen | Aug 24, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a Penobscot County Superior Court’s judgment in an appeal involving an insurance claim and a dog bite victim.

Maine Supreme Court rules hospital did not discriminate against nurse over disability

By Tricia Erickson | Aug 2, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Mercy Hospital did not discriminate against a registered nurse and did not violate the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) when the hospital terminated the employee because she did not meet the MHRA’s standard of a “qualified individual with a disability” according to the Maine Supreme Court.

Maine Supreme Court affirms Homeward Residential must pay attorneys' fees in foreclosure case

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – A mortgage company is faced with paying $59,115 of the attorney fees belonging to a defendant after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a trial court's judgment.

Effort to appeal legal fees awarded in eviction case falls short

By David Hutton | May 30, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a lower court’s post-judgment order awarding a woman $8,000 in legal fees, far below the $60,000 she had requested.

UMS student missed filing deadline in slip-and-fall case, Maine's high court rules

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – A University of Maine System student waited too long to file a notice of claim after being insured in a slip-and-fall on campus, the state's highest court ruled recently in affirming a lower court ruling.

Maine Supreme Court upholds decision to deny disability retirement application for teacher

By Zachary Lewis | Apr 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed a decision made by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS) board of trustees (the board) denying a teacher’s disability retirement application earlier this month.

Maine Supreme Court dismisses dog bite case against owner's employer

By John Myers | Apr 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Maine has affirmed a summary judgment dismissing a $75,000 personal injury lawsuit.

Maine Supreme Court sides with lawyer in malpractice case filed by union worker

By David Hutton | Mar 30, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a union worker failed to prove a legal malpractice claim against John R. Lemieux.

Maine Supreme Court rules 'business necessity' standard used in age discrimination cases

By S. Laney Griffo | Mar 27, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court has issued an answer in a disparate age discrimination evaluation question from a federal court.

Court imposes shorter suspension for nurse who discharged patient during snowstorm; Patient died from hypothermia

By Melissa Busch | Feb 22, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court recently refused to uphold a two-year suspension against a nurse who was accused of professional misconduct for releasing a disoriented, sparsely dressed patient into a snowstorm in 2008. The patient died just feet from the hospital.

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