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Recent Decisions From the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Opinion of the Justices
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 100
Nicky Pyle v. Robert Pyle
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 101
State of Maine v. Gary Mariner
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 102
In re Paige L.  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 97
Docket Number: 2017 ME 97

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue here was the application of Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4036(1-A) to preexisting parental rights orders. Section 4036(1-A) authorizes a court that has made a finding of jeopardy in a title 22 child protection proceeding...

Sands v. Thomas  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 98
Docket Number: 2017 ME 98

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed from the superior court’s post-judgment order awarding her attorney fees in the amount of $8,000 after a jury found Appellee liable for illegal eviction and wrongful use of civil proceedings. Appellant...

Desjardins v. Reynolds  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 99
Docket Number: 2017 ME 99

Justia Opinion Summary: After this case was returned from the federal courts to a Florida superior court’s jurisdiction, only Plaintiff’s claims for defamation and false light invasion of privacy remained. Plaintiff, a town official for the Tow...

In re Kayleigh P.  
Date: May 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 96
Docket Number: 2017 ME 96

Justia Opinion Summary: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the termination of father’s parental rights, 22 M.R.S. 4055(1)(B)(2) as in the best interests of the children. The lower court found by clear and convincing evidence that Father w...

State v. Pillsbury  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 92
Docket Number: 2017 ME 92

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for one count of intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder following a jury trial. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court abused its discr...

In re Mya E.  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 93
Docket Number: 2017 ME 93

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed from a judgment of the district court terminating her parental rights to her child. Mother’s parental rights were terminated largely due to her chronic substance abuse and mental health issues. The Suprem...

Williams v. Williams  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 94
Docket Number: 2017 ME 94

Justia Opinion Summary: Donald Williams appealed a divorce judgment dissolving his marriage to Linda Williams. During the pendency of the appeal, Linda withdrew $8,100 in interim spousal support payments from the escrow account, which had been...

Knope v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 95
Docket Number: 2017 ME 95

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court determined that Appellants were liable for certain charges beyond undisputed amounts of principal and interest owed pursuant to a promissory note owned by Appellee. The note had been secured by a mortg...

In re Tacoma M.  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 85
Docket Number: 2017 ME 85

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (1)(B)(2). Specifically, the Court held (1) the...

Gaudette v. Davis  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 86
Docket Number: 2017 ME 86

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the process for the handling of special motions to dismiss on anti-SLAPP grounds to require fact-finding by an evidentiary hearing. At the hearing it is the plaintiff’...

Gaudette v. Mainely Media, LLC  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 87
Docket Number: 2017 ME 87

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Supreme Judicial Court in this case was whether Mainely Media, LLC’s publication of newspaper articles constituted “petitioning activity” within the meaning of Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute. The Supreme...

In re Mariah Y.  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 88
Docket Number: 2017 ME 88

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the termination of the parental rights of Mother to two of her children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (1)(B)(2) due to the gross sexual assault committed by Mothe...

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