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Second Circuit recognizes individual liability under FMLA

In a recent decision, Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that supervisors can be held individually liable for violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, only an employer may be held liable for violations of the statute. To decide who qualifies as an “employer,” the Second… Read more »

Maine Law Court clarifies 2013 amendment to spousal support statute

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a major area of conflict in many Maine divorce cases. Spousal support is not awarded in every divorce and, even when it is awarded, there is no specific formula used to determine the amount or length of support. In recent years the Maine laws that govern spousal support… Read more »

Use of experts in divorce litigation

Divorces, like general civil litigation, involve the use of experts in a variety of areas.  This article is the second installment in a series providing general information about the use of expert testimony and opinion testimony in divorce litigation.  The entire Chapter regarding the Use of Experts in Divorce Litigation is due to be published by… Read more »

Maine Redefines How You Become a Parent (Legally)

The Maine Legislature has created a new law, becoming effective in July 2016, that redefines how a person becomes a parent, legally speaking. The new law is a drastic departure from existing Maine law and it creates several “new” ways that a person could become a legal parent of a child. There are many ways… Read more »

Use of experts in divorce litigation

Divorces, like general civil litigation, involve the use of experts in a variety of areas. The two principle issues in any divorce involve parental rights and responsibilities with respect to minor children and the identification and valuation of marital property. Expert testimony can be utilized to establish a variety of facts with respect to the… Read more »

Brian Champion speaks on privacy and data security issues at Maine State Bar Association meeting

On June 26, 2014, Attorney Brian L. Champion was a featured speaker at the Maine State Bar Association Summer Meeting held at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine.  Mr. Champion’s presentation – Privacy and Data Security – addressed the current state of privacy and data security issues facing companies and employers and underscored the serious organizational,… Read more »

Target Shareholders urged to remove board members due to data breach

According to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (05/29/14), a proxy advisor – Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) – has recommended that seven of ten Target board members should not be re-elected at the retailer’s annual meeting next month on the basis that those directors failed to protect the company against a massive data breach… Read more »

High Costs of Data Breaches Have Cost Target’s Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Steinhafel His Job

According to an article in the Washington Post (05/05/2014), Target has announced that Greg Steinhafel has agreed to step down immediately as the Chairman, President, and CEO of the company.  According to the Post, this resignation by Mr. Steinhafel has occurred nearly five months after the retailer disclosed its data breaches on December 19, 2013, that, according… Read more »