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What do the new amendments to Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Act mean for employers?

By citizen’s initiative, Maine voters approved the Marijuana Legalization Act in November 2016. As originally enacted, the law prohibited employers from refusing to hire or penalizing applicants or employees for off-site marijuana use.  In 2018, the Maine Legislature passed L.D. 1719, “An Act to Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana.” The Governor vetoed… Read more »

A “Hat Trick” for Libby, O’Brien, Kingsley & Champion

June was an extraordinary month for Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion. Gene Libby lead trial teams composed of associates Tyler Smith and Keith Richard to prevail in three multi-day jury trials that resulted in three unanimous jury verdicts for our clients. The trials were held in the Maine Superior Court in York County. When a… Read more »

LOKC prevails in legal malpractice suit

Attorneys Gene Libby and Keith Richard represented a woman who received negligent legal services during her divorce in 2008. Her counsel at the 2008 trial failed to conduct discovery, failed to provide the Court the necessary language to divide military pensions under the Armed Services Former Spouse Protection Act, and failed to request spousal support… Read more »

LOKC wins summary judgment on whistleblower, defamation, and wage and hour claims

Attorneys Tim O’Brien and Tyler Smith recently won summary judgment on behalf of an employer who was sued for whistleblower retaliation, defamation, and back pay. The employee argued that the employer had retaliated against him for complaining about perceived breaches of his employment contract, made defamatory statements about him, and owed back wages as a… Read more »

Don’t let the tail of the increased federal exemption wag the estate planning dog

On December 22, 2017 the President signed the TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT (The “Act”) that became effective January 1, 2018. For estate tax purposes and for estate tax planning purposes, the Act essentially doubled the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions through the end of 2025. This means that as of January… Read more »

Maine’s bountiful seaweed. Who owns it?

A recent Maine case, Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, has made national news.  The subject of this legal battle?  Ownership of seaweed. Acadian Seaplants, Ltd., a Nova Scotian company, has appealed from a decision of a justice of the Maine Superior Court, which ruled in favor of two property owners that own waterfront property in Washington… Read more »

Paige B. Streeter to speak at York County Bar Association Family Law and Bench Trial Institute

Attorney Paige B. Streeter will be among a panel of presenters at the York County Bar Association’s Family Law and Bench Trial Institute on March 20, 2018. The CLE will take place over seven different modules spanning through May 24, 2018 and centered on family law advocacy in Maine.  Attorney Streeter’s presentation will include discussion… Read more »

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Maine?

In Maine, drunk driving is called “operating under the influence,” or “OUI.” A person commits OUI if the person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, or while having a blood-alcohol level of .08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath. The Maine Supreme… Read more »