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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maine, FTC target marketers of Flexiprin, Cogniprin for alleged deceptive tactics

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) — Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced Feb. 22 that her office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a complaint against nine defendants for an allegedly deceptive campaign to sell health supplements in violation of both state and federal laws.

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

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.

Class action against InterCoast Career Institute likely to turn on statutory violations, attorney says

BANGOR, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Lack of clearer allegations about accreditation could be a weak spot in the $5 million putative class action lawsuit filed in Maine by four former nursing students, a New York-based business law and litigation attorney said during a recent interview.