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Consumers to receive $3.5 million as part of FTC settlement with company promoting weight loss

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maine Attorney General's Office have reached settlements with two companies who both falsely marketed weight loss supplements that will result in nearly $3.5 million in refunds going to consumers affected by the alleged scam.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DISTRICT OF MAINE: U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $3,916,132 in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2018

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine (USAO-ME) collected $3,916,132 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Maine Supreme Court affirms dismissal of most of nurse's case but allows defamation claim to proceed

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 1, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court has mostly affirmed the dismissal of a nurse practitioner's case she filed after she was not hired by a hospital.

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.

MAINE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Janet Mills receives Innovation in Financial Capability Award

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills was honored at Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton with the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award, presented by the nation’s leading technology innovator, EVERFI, Inc. The award recognized the Attorney General’s significant efforts to improve the financial literacy of Maine students through unique digital learning initiatives.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Maine, FTC target alleged weight loss supplement scammers

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 21, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced Feb. 6 that the state will work with the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Marketing Architects Inc., a Minnesota company, for allegations of using false, misleading and deceptive claims while marketing and promoting the weight loss supplements “AF Plus” and “Final Trim.”

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 sides with State in case against company

By Angela Underwood | Oct 31, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) -- The state of Maine won a legal dispute with an internet company and is now owed almost $500,000 in fees.

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.

Former InterCoast Colleges students allege nursing program was a 'sham'

By Wadi Reformado | Sep 8, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – A for-profit college is alleged to have made false representations regarding the services it offered regarding its nursing program.

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.

Senate Obamacare repeal failures warning sign for business and banking communities on rescinding anti-arbitration rule

By W.J. Kennedy | Jul 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Business and banking interests are working to ensure that an upcoming Senate attempt to rescind the Consumer Financial Bureau Protection’s (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule plays out differently than repeated failures by Senate Republicans to repeal any or all of Obamacare. And they are enlisting help on the state level to do it.

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.

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