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Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion files brief challenging 14-day quarantine in Maine

Attorneys Gene Libby and Tyler Smith filed an opening brief (Principal Brief for Appellants) in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a federal lawsuit challenging an executive order by Maine Governor Janet Mills requiring that all people arriving in the State of Maine quarantine for 14-days due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The lawsuit was… Read more »

Domestic violence crimes in Maine

Domestic Violence Crimes in Maine Domestic violence crimes are among the most serious and frequently charged crimes in Maine. Even if charged as a misdemeanor, a domestic violence conviction will remain on your permanent criminal record and carries a stigma impacting you both professionally and personally. Types of Domestic Violence Crimes In Maine, the term… Read more »

Frequently asked questions about criminal charges in Maine

If you or a loved one has been arrested or summonsed for a crime in Maine, you probably have many questions. The attorneys at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion are experienced in criminal defense, and have defended clients against criminal charges such as domestic violence, assault, aggravated stalking, theft, drug possession, drug trafficking, operating under… Read more »

The key role of health and safety plans for college athletic programs

With conferences and the NCAA publishing guidance on health and safety considerations on COVID-19 and the gradual resumption of athletic activities, it is important to underscore that each institution has the ultimate responsibility to craft an appropriate health and safety plan based on its individual circumstances. The scope and content of this undertaking is immense… Read more »

Where There’s a Way – There’s a Will

Do you want a way to find some peace of mind in these troubling times? Would you like a way to establish direction and provide a future for your family and loved ones?  You certainly want a way to determine who will be the guardians for yourself and your children in the event you cannot… Read more »

Contracts and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, and public and health and government responses to curtail it, have dramatically changed our daily lives.  From school and daycare closures, to all but “essential” businesses shuttering, to cancelled events, the impact has been far-reaching.  These changes implicate legal rights, particularly contractual relationships.  This article identifies and briefly discusses various types of… Read more »

John Sweeney is elected President of the Downeast Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC is proud to announce that its Firm Administrator, John Sweeney, has been elected to serve as President of the Downeast Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators for a one-year term beginning April 1, 2020. Legal Administrators are responsible for the non-legal business functions of law firms and law-related… Read more »

Department of Labor releases Draft Final Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and clarifies employee notice requirements

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). FFCRA went into effect on April 1, 2020 and provides that covered employers with fewer than 500 employees must provide up to two weeks of emergency paid sick leave and up to twelve weeks of expanded family medical leave… Read more »

The State of Maine and City of Portland issue further restrictions to confront Coronavirus

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, both Maine’s governor and the City of Portland issued new executive orders to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.  The regulatory situation has been changing almost daily, as state and local governments implement increasingly restrictive measures. Maine Governor Janet Mills had already closed bars and restaurants by executive order on March 18… Read more »

Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire respond to coronavirus outbreak

State governments have responded swiftly to the public health emergency and threat posed by COVID-19. The situation is evolving daily and remains fluid and uncertain for employers, employees, and consumers. The following is a brief summary of recent executive orders regarding business operations, gatherings, and commerce. Massachusetts On March 23, Governor Charlie Baker issued an… Read more »