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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 »

The law of condominiums in Maine

Condominiums are coming into increased use, especially in Southern Maine. Condominiums are a unique form of property ownership in which thorny legal issues can arise. Management of a condo touches upon real estate, contract, insurance, corporate, nonprofit, and other areas of law. The basic condominium structure is a property divided into individual units, surrounded by… 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 »

Law Court hands down important decision regarding public access to beaches

In a prior article, I wrote about a Maine Supreme Court case about seaweed ownership. The Court recently handed down its decision in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, holding that the waterfront property owner owns the seaweed growing in the intertidal zone. The Law Court reasoned that taking seaweed is not “fishing” and accordingly not within… Read more »

Docks and the law

Maine has no shortage of lakes and ponds—so many, in fact, that there are several thousand that do not even have a name. Naturally, swimming, boating, and kayaking/canoeing are popular activities, especially at the lakefront camp. Those water-dependent activities rely on docks and other improvements. But whether a property owner may construct a dock on… Read more »

Airbnb In Maine: A patchwork of regulation

Maine is renowned as a summer tourism destination. In Portland, my hometown, even the “budget” hotels can cost over $300/night during the peak season. Given the shortage of rooms, and high prices, it’s no surprise that vacationers have looked to other options to shack up. Enter Airbnb. Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a platform on… 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 »