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Operating under the influence may include “mowing” under the influence

An unusual arrest by the Augusta Police Department serves as a good reminder about the breadth of Maine’s drunk driving laws.  According to a February 10, 2020 post on its Facebook page, the Augusta Police Department recently arrested someone who was operating a lawnmower while under the influence.  The Facebook post reads, “Although it’s not… Read more »

Michael E. Saucier is appointed to Professional Ethics Commission

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion is pleased to announce that the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar has unanimously voted to appoint Michael E. Saucier as a member of the Board’s Professional Ethics Commission for a three-year term that commenced on January 1, 2020. The Professional Ethics Commission is comprised of eight attorneys. Commission… Read more »

Maine Supreme Court vacates OUI conviction due to improper jury instructions

In State v. Thurlow, the Law Court vacated Mr. Thurlow’s conviction for operating under the influence and ruled that he was entitled to a new trial because the trial court incorrectly instructed the jury about the evidentiary significance of his refusal to submit to a breath test. At the time of the traffic stop, Thurlow’s… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions About OUI in Maine

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drunk driving, known as operating under the influence (OUI) in the State of Maine, you probably have many questions. The criminal defense attorneys at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion are knowledgeable about OUI law and are experienced in representing clients facing OUI charges. Below are… Read more »

Preparing For Your First Oral Argument Before the Maine Supreme Court

Presenting an oral argument to an appellate court can be an exciting experience. The oral argument also presents an opportunity to enhance your credibility with the bench, instill confidence in your argument, and improve your chances of success. Below are seven tips for presenting an effective oral argument. Select the Best Issues Effective oral argument… Read more »

Brian Champion is recognized for pro bono work by the Clients’ Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Brian Champion was recently recognized by the General Counsel and Executive Director of the Clients’ Security Board of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for his successful pro bono representation before the Board on behalf of a client in fiscal year 2019.  The Clients’ Security Board oversees a fund that is used to reimburse members of… Read more »

U.S. Dept. of Labor issues final rule to update regulations relating to exemption of workers from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor (the “Department”) issued a new Final Rule (summarized in a Fact Sheet released by the Department) to update the regulations defining and delimiting the exemptions for executive, administrative, or professional employees. According to the Department, the new regulations issued… Read more »

Tyler Smith successfully defends town in employment dispute

In August 2019, Tyler Smith successfully defended a Town in a lawsuit for judicial review brought by a former town employee.  The Plaintiff argued that his separation from employment was accomplished through means that were pretextual, arbitrary and capricious, and without any rationale basis.  After written briefing and oral argument, the Court rejected these arguments… Read more »