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Brooks v. Lemieux  
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 55
Docket Number: 2017 ME 55

Justia Opinion Summary: After Plaintiff was terminated from his employment from Bath Iron Works (BIW), Plaintiff grieved the termination. The Local S7 Union Grievance Committee voted not to arbitrate the grievance. Thereafter, represented by At...

State v. Renfro  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 49
Docket Number: 2017 ME 49

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of operating under the influence (class B). Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion in granting the State’s motion in limine to exclude as irr...

Cabral v. L'Heureux  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 50
Docket Number: 2017 ME 50

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father were the parents of two minor daughters. At the time Father filed a complaint for determination of parental rights and responsibilities and child support, the girls were residing with him. The children...

State v. Fox  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 52
Docket Number: 2017 ME 52

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. The court entered judgment on the verdict and ordered the criminal forfeiture of $543...

Town of Kittery v. Dineen  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 53
Docket Number: 2017 ME 53

Justia Opinion Summary: These consolidated appeals concerned two superior court judgments addressing issues on abutting properties - Mary’s Store and the Bus Lot - that Appellant owned in Kittery. Appellant appealed from a judgment finding him...

In re Guardianship of Alisha K. Golodner  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 54
Docket Number: 2017 ME 54

Justia Opinion Summary: Father was awarded sole legal custody of his daughter (Daughter) in 2006. In 2010, Father arranged for Daughter to live with his stepmother (Stepmother). Stepmother was subsequently appointed Daughter’s full, permanent g...

Bordetsky v. JAK Realty Trust  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 42
Docket Number: 2017 ME 42

Justia Opinion Summary: David Bordetsky filed a complaint for foreclosure against JAK Realty Trust, alleging that Gregory O’Halloran, as trustee of the Trust, executed a promissory note secured by a mortgage on property located in Benton and th...

State v. Chase  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 43
Docket Number: 2017 ME 43

Justia Opinion Summary: After a nonjury trial, Defendant conceded that he had committed the offense of operating a vehicle with an expired registration. The trial court trial court adjudicated Defendant to have committed the traffic infraction...

State v. Jandreau  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 44
Docket Number: 2017 ME 44

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with operating under the influence. After a trial, the court concluded that the jury was genuinely deadlocked and sua sponte declared a mistrial due to manifest necessity. Defendant then moved to di...

In re Kenneth S.  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 45
Docket Number: 2017 ME 45

Justia Opinion Summary: Two days after the birth of Child, the district court granted a preliminary protection order as against both Mother and Father, and Child was placed in foster care. The Department of Health and Human Services later filed...

Osprey Landing, LLC v. First American Title Insurance Co.  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 46
Docket Number: 2017 ME 46

Justia Opinion Summary: After acquiring a parcel of oceanfront property, Osprey Landing, LLC purchased a title insurance policy from First American Title Insurance Company. In connection with litigation with neighboring landowners, the subject...

Savage v. Savage  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 47
Docket Number: 2017 ME 47

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a divorce decree issued pursuant to the agreement of Husband and Wife requiring Husband to pay Wife monthly spousal support of $3,000 until he turned sixty years old. Federal law went into effect shortly before...

In re Aubrey R.  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 37
Docket Number: 2017 ME 37

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed from the district court’s judgment terminating her parental rights to her daughter. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court’s findings that Mother was unable to protect her dau...

Lynch v. Lynch  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 38
Docket Number: 2017 ME 38

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband initiated divorce proceedings from Wife in Sweden. Wife objected to the proceedings, asserting that the Swedish court did not have personal jurisdiction over her. The Swedish court subsequently stayed the action...

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