Maine Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2019

Sulikowski v. Sulikowski  
Date: September 10, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 143
Docket Number: 2019 ME 143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part and affirmed in part the order of the district court modifying child support and spousal support, holding that there was no error except in the court's calculation of the child...

Greif v. Independent Fabrication, Inc.  
Date: September 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 142
Docket Number: 2019 ME 142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's compliant alleging revocation of acceptance and breach of warranty as time-barred, holding that the court relied upon facts con...

State v. Warner  
Date: August 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 140
Docket Number: 2019 ME 140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the order of the superior court granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained pursuant to a search warrant for Defendant's cell phone account data and a search warra...

State v. Coston  
Date: August 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 141
Docket Number: 2019 ME 141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction of burglary entered by the trial court after a jury trial, holding that the trial court did not err in admitting recordings of incriminating telephone conver...

Blue Sky West, LLC v. Maine Revenue Services  
Date: August 20, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 137
Docket Number: 2019 ME 137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court concluding that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) had issued correct decisions regarding Somerset County's two requests...

State v. Robbins  
Date: August 20, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 138
Docket Number: 2019 ME 138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment entered by the trial court convicting Defendant of unlawful sexual touching and assault, holding that the court erred in allowing the State to introduce improper character...

Salerno v. Spectrum Medical Group, P.A.  
Date: August 20, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 139
Docket Number: 2019 ME 139

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury claim based on premises liability the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint on the ground that the facts alleged in th...

In re Children of Danielle H.  
Date: August 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 134
Docket Number: 2019 ME 134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding by clear and convincing evidence that the four children of Mother and Father were in circumstances of jeopardy as to each parent and that con...

Tranfield v. Arcuni-English  
Date: August 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 135
Docket Number: 2019 ME 135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in favor of Richard Tranfield and Karla Doremus-Tranfield (the Tranfields) on their complaint alleging that Patricia Arcuni-English's installation of...

Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Seth T. Carey
Date: August 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 136
State v. Adams  
Date: August 13, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 132
Docket Number: 2019 ME 132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the unified criminal docket convicting Defendant of unlawful sexual contact, holding that the trial court did not err when it admitted in evidence as past recollection...

Bergin v. Bergin  
Date: August 13, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 133
Docket Number: 2019 ME 133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Nancy Bergin a divorce from Daniel Bergin, holding that the court did not err or abuse its discretion in setting parental rights and respons...

Fissmer v. Smith  
Date: August 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 130
Docket Number: 2019 ME 130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the superior court on a variety of claims and counterclaims concerning the use and ownership of certain property in Cape Elizabeth and decla...

State v. Carey  
Date: August 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 131
Docket Number: 2019 ME 131

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court Defendant's conviction of multiple sex crimes, holding that the trial court did not err in the jury selection process when it denied Defendant's motion to strike one of the jurors for cause and...

State v. Hall  
Date: August 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 126
Docket Number: 2019 ME 126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of aggravated assault, assault, and attempted kidnapping with the intent to hold for ransom or reward, holding that the court did n...

In re Children of Philip M.  
Date: August 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 127
Docket Number: 2019 ME 127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that Father's children were in circumstances of jeopardy to their health or welfare in Father's care, holding that there was no error in the...

State v. Rutherford  
Date: August 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 128
Docket Number: 2019 ME 128

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of operating under the influence, holding that the trial court erred by admitting, as an adoptive admission and over Defendant's obj...

In re Children of Meagan C.  
Date: August 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 129
Docket Number: 2019 ME 129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their children, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the court's determinati...

MSR Recycling, LLC v. Weeks & Hutchins, LLC  
Date: August 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 125
Docket Number: 2019 ME 125

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court entering summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff's complaint alleging attorney malpractice, holding that the court erred in concluding th...

Belliveau v. Whelan  
Date: July 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 122
Docket Number: 2019 ME 122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Mark Belliveau's complaint for divorce from Janet Whelan because the parties were never legally married, holding that the court did not er...

In re Child of Scott A.  
Date: July 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 123
Docket Number: 2019 ME 123

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv), holding that Father was not denied...

Denutte v. U.S. Bank, N.A.  
Date: July 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 124
Docket Number: 2019 ME 124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the business and consumer docket dismissing as time-barred Plaintiff's complaint against U.S. Bank, N.A., the servicer of a mortgage she executed to secure a loan, hold...

In re Child of Rebecca J.  
Date: July 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 119
Docket Number: 2019 ME 119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the court's findings of parental unfitness and...

In re Child of Nathaniel B.  
Date: July 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 120
Docket Number: 2019 ME 120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that competent record evidence supported the court's findings of parental unfitness and th...

In re Child of Walter C.  
Date: July 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 121
Docket Number: 2019 ME 121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, holding that the district court did not err in determining that Father was parentally unfit and th...

State v. Dobbins  
Date: July 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 116
Docket Number: 2019 ME 116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for murder, holding that that trial court erred by excluding evidence of Defendant's guilty plea to the murder charge but that the error was harmles...

State v. Armstrong  
Date: July 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 117
Docket Number: 2019 ME 117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court acquitting Defendant of murder but finding him guilty of felony murder and robbery in connection with a drug-related homicide, holding that Defendant's c...

In re Guardianship of Donovan C.  
Date: July 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 118
Docket Number: 2019 ME 118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the probate court appointing Donovan C's maternal aunt as his full guardian, holding that the probate court did not erred by finding that Father abandoned the child and...

Goguen v. Haddow  
Date: July 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 113
Docket Number: 2019 ME 113

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging professional malpractice and related causes of action arising from Defendant's legal representation of him...

Carryl v. Department of Corrections  
Date: July 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 114
Docket Number: 2019 ME 114

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court denying Petitioner's petition for review of a final agency action and affirming a disciplinary action that resulted in the imposition of sanctions aga...

Thornton Academy v. Regional School Unit 21  
Date: July 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 115
Docket Number: 2019 ME 115

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court on a complaint filed by Thornton Academy and residents of Arundel (collectively, Plaintiffs) in connection with the decision of Regional School Unit...

State v. Pelletier  
Date: July 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 112
Docket Number: 2019 ME 112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of eluding an officer, driving to endanger, criminal speeding, and operating after suspension, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. On ap...

In re Child of Haley L.  
Date: July 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 108
Docket Number: 2019 ME 108

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment entered by the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding, among other things, that the court did not err in finding that Mother was unfit a...

Doe v. Plourde  
Date: July 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 109
Docket Number: 2019 ME 109

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court entering a protection from harassment order against Defendant on the complaint of Jane Doe, holding that the court did not err in issuing the protect...

In re Child of Lacy H.  
Date: July 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 110
Docket Number: 2019 ME 110

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion in determining that Mother was...

McCandless v. Ramsey  
Date: July 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 111
Docket Number: 2019 ME 111

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case addressing the scope of immunity established by the Legislature for certain injuries suffered through the risks inherent in equine activities, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court ho...

Town of Arundel v. Dubois Livestock, Inc.  
Date: July 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 104
Docket Number: 2019 ME 104

Justia Opinion Summary: In two consolidated land-use matters the Supreme Judicial Court vacated an order entered by the superior court denying a motion for contempt filed by several individuals (the individuals) against the Town of Arundel and...

State v. Scott  
Date: July 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 105
Docket Number: 2019 ME 105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for manslaughter entered after a jury trial, holding that any error in admitting certain testimony and in challenged remarks made by the prosecutor during closin...

In re Children of Matthew G.  
Date: July 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 106
Docket Number: 2019 ME 106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the court did not imp...

In re Child of Shaina T.  
Date: July 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 107
Docket Number: 2019 ME 107

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child and the district court's denial of Mother's motion for relief from that judgment, holding that the...

In re Child of Scott L.  
Date: July 2, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 102
Docket Number: 2019 ME 102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(ii), holding that the court did not err or abuse i...

In re Child of Amey W.  
Date: July 2, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 103
Docket Number: 2019 ME 103

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), (1)(B)(2)(a)-(b)(i), holding that there was no cle...

Schafer v. Schafer  
Date: June 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 101
Docket Number: 2019 ME 101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of divorce entered by the district court after a contested hearing and the court's denial of Father's post-judgment motions to alter or amend the judgment or for a new tri...

State v. Curtis  
Date: June 20, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 100
Docket Number: 2019 ME 100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of theft by unauthorized taking of a firearm and other offenses, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction...

State v. Hagar  
Date: June 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 97
Docket Number: 2019 ME 97

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of manslaughter after a conditional guilty plea, holding that the State provided sufficient evidence, independent of Defendant's mu...

State v. O'Donnell  
Date: June 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 98
Docket Number: 2019 ME 98

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for burglary, stealing drugs, and violation of a condition of release, holding that the trial court did not err when it denied Defendant's motion to suppress al...

Roque v. State  
Date: June 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 99
Docket Number: 2019 ME 99

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Defendant's petition for post-conviction review as untimely filed, holding that, contrary to Defendant's contention on appeal, the court w...

First Financial, Inc. v. Morrison  
Date: June 13, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 96
Docket Number: 2019 ME 96

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying First Financial, Inc.'s motion for relief from judgment after the court denied its motion to dismiss its foreclosure complaint against Peter...

Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Jeffrey P. White
Date: June 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 91
State v. Pelletier  
Date: June 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 92
Docket Number: 2019 ME 92

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions but remanded the case for resentencing, holding that the prosecutor did not engage in misconduct during opening statements but that the trial court erred by imp...

In re Child of Dawn B.  
Date: June 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 93
Docket Number: 2019 ME 93

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their child, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. On appeal, Mother arg...

In re Child of Raul R.  
Date: June 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 94
Docket Number: 2019 ME 94

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's and Father's parental rights to their child, holding that the record contained competent evidence to support the court's finding...

In re Child of Shannon S.  
Date: June 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 95
Docket Number: 2019 ME 95

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that the court did not err in determining that termination of Mother's parental rights was...

Banks v. Leary  
Date: June 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 89
Docket Number: 2019 ME 89

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court modifying certain provisions of the parties' divorce judgment relating to parental rights and responsibilities, holding that any judicial error was h...

Packgen, Inc. v. Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.  
Date: June 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 90
Docket Number: 2019 ME 90

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint for legal malpractice as untimely pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 14, 752, 753-B, holding that the court-made doctrines o...

Cape Shore House Owners Ass'n v. Town of Cape Elizabeth  
Date: June 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 86
Docket Number: 2019 ME 86

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Appellants' claim for a declaratory judgment in this zoning dispute, holding that the superior court did not err in dismissing the claim a...

Cianchette v. Cianchette  
Date: June 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 87
Docket Number: 2019 ME 87

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Appellants' motions for judgment as a matter of law and a new trial following a jury verdict in favor of Appellee on his claims for breach of...

Gallagher v. Penobscot Community Healthcare  
Date: June 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 88
Docket Number: 2019 ME 88

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff's claims alleging age discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, and various othe...

State v. Lord  
Date: May 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 82
Docket Number: 2019 ME 82

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the sentences entered by the trial court in connection with Defendant's plea of guilty to two murders and a dozen other crimes, holding that the court did not err in imposing two life...

State v. Bittues  
Date: May 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 83
Docket Number: 2019 ME 83

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of operating under the influence (OUI), holding that the court did not err in concluding beyond a reasonable doubt that Defendant h...

Holmes v. Eastern Maine Medical Center  
Date: May 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 84
Docket Number: 2019 ME 84

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Spectrum Medical Group and one of its radiologists on Michael and Debra Holmeses' medical malpractice claims, as well as...

Klein v. Klein  
Date: May 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 85
Docket Number: 2019 ME 85

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the judgment of the district court granting Mark Klein a divorce from Jessica Demers, setting parental rights and responsibilities between them as to their minor child and denyi...

Portland Museum of Art v. Germain  
Date: May 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 80
Docket Number: 2019 ME 80

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order denying Appellant's motion to dissolve an ex parte attachment entered by the superior court, holding that the court applied an incorrect standard of proof in its order on the...

State v. Townes  
Date: May 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 81
Docket Number: 2019 ME 81

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of aggravated assault and violating a condition of release, holding that the sanctions imposed on the State were sufficient to r...

Gould v. State  
Date: May 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 79
Docket Number: 2019 ME 79

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court summarily dismissing Appellant's petition for post-conviction review asserting that he had received ineffective assistance of counsel at a probation rev...

Petgrave v. State  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 72
Docket Number: 2019 ME 72

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court summarily dismissing Appellant's petition for post-conviction review alleging ineffective assistance of counsel in his probation revocation matter but t...

In re Child of Radience K.  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 73
Docket Number: 2019 ME 73

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their child pursuant to Maine's Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act, 22 Me. Re...

State v. Hussein  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 74
Docket Number: 2019 ME 74

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's convictions for failure to sign a criminal summons, refusing to submit to arrest by physical force, and assault, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by exclud...

State of Maine v. Bruce Ouellette (Errata)
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 75
State v. Ouellette  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 75
Docket Number: 2019 ME 75

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of aggravated criminal mischief and did not reach the State's claim of error on cross-appeal, holding that the evidence was sufficient for the jury to rationally...

In re Child of Rebecca J.  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 76
Docket Number: 2019 ME 76

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding that Mother had a right to the effective assistance of counsel at the proceeding where she...

TerMorshuizen v. Spurwink Services, Inc.  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 77
Docket Number: 2019 ME 77

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in favor of Spurwink Services, Inc. on the claim filed by Sydney and Patricia TerMorshuizen for overtime pay pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 26, 664, hold...

Young v. King  
Date: May 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 78
Docket Number: 2019 ME 78

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's complaint seeking to be determined a de facto parent of Appellee's adopted child, holding that the district court erred in dism...

In re Children of Jessica D.  
Date: May 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 70
Docket Number: 2019 ME 70

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three children, holding that the court properly determined that Mother was parentally unfit and that term...

Roalsvik v. Comack  
Date: May 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 71
Docket Number: 2019 ME 71

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to modify the parties' divorce judgment and her mother for the court to reconsider that order, holding that the district c...

In re Child of Carl D.  
Date: May 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 67
Docket Number: 2019 ME 67

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their child, holding that the court did not clearly err in finding both parents unfit and did...

In re Child of Shayla S.  
Date: May 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 68
Docket Number: 2019 ME 68

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)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv), holding that the standard of pr...

Bahn v. Small  
Date: May 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 69
Docket Number: 2019 ME 69

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court modifying the terms of Appellant's divorce from Appellee as to parental rights and responsibilities for the parties' two children, holding that the di...

In re Children of Danielle F.  
Date: May 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 65
Docket Number: 2019 ME 65

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, holding (1) the evidence was sufficient to support the court's finding that termination was in the...

In re Child of Erica H.  
Date: May 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 66
Docket Number: 2019 ME 66

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. 4055(1)(B)(2)(a) and (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the district court's judg...

In re Children of Melissa S.  
Date: May 2, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 63
Docket Number: 2019 ME 63

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her three children, holding that the record supported the court's findings and that the court did not abuse i...

In re Children of Anthony N.  
Date: May 2, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 64
Docket Number: 2019 ME 64

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his two children, holding that competent record evidence supported the court's determinations and that the co...

In re Children of Anthony L.  
Date: April 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 62
Docket Number: 2019 ME 62

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his children, holding that the court did not err or abuse its discretion by finding that Father was unfit and...

State v. Tieman  
Date: April 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 60
Docket Number: 2019 ME 60

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder, holding that the court did not abuse its discretion by admitting Facebook Messenger records into evidence and that there...

State v. Ayotte  
Date: April 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 61
Docket Number: 2019 ME 61

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of operating under the influence, holding that the trial court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained from a blood draw and that...

In re Children of Bethmarie R.  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 59
Docket Number: 2019 ME 59

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a), (B)(2)(a)-(b)(i), (iv), holding that the di...

In re Child of Peter T.  
Date: April 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 56
Docket Number: 2019 ME 56

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(b)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the district court did n...

In re Children of Christine A.  
Date: April 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 57
Docket Number: 2019 ME 57

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children, holding that the district court did not err its findings of unfitness and its best interest...

State of Maine v. Matthew C. Reed-Hansen (Errata)
Date: April 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 58
State v. Reed-Hansen  
Date: April 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 58
Docket Number: 2019 ME 58

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the trial court imposing a discovery sanction following the State's failure to provide Defendant with a dash-cam video of Defendant allegedly committing the crime for whic...

Allen v. Rae  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 53
Docket Number: 2019 ME 53

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court entering a protection from harassment order against Appellant, holding that the facts as found by the court were sufficient to prove that Appellant's...

Lee v. Town of Denmark  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 54
Docket Number: 2019 ME 54

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of the Town of Denmark on Plaintiff's claim that the Town violated Maine's Whistleblowers' Protection Act (WPA), Me. Rev. Stat. 26, 831-40, by...

In re Estate of Gilbert  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 55
Docket Number: 2019 ME 55

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgments of the probate court determining that the total expenditures made by, and deductions allowable to, Judith Gilbert, as the wife of John Gilbert and personal representative...

In re Child of Megan D.  
Date: April 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 52
Docket Number: 2019 ME 52

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)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the evidence was suffici...

Harshman v. Harshman  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 48
Docket Number: 2019 ME 48

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the post-judgment orders following a divorce judgment entered in the district court finding Edward Harshman in contempt, holding that the facts of this case supported the contempt orde...

State v. Bennett-Roberson  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 49
Docket Number: 2019 ME 49

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the trial court suppressing evidence obtained during a traffic stop, holding that the motion court erred in restricting its legal analysis to certain evidence. The evidenc...

Scott v. Fall Line Condominium Ass'n  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 50
Docket Number: 2019 ME 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the Business and Consumer Docket entering a declaratory judgment invalidating all rules and regulations previously promulgated by Fall Line...

State v. Tucci  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 51
Docket Number: 2019 ME 51

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in favor of the State on the State's complaint against Defendants for fraudulent transfer pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 14, 3575(1)(A), holding that the...

Kenneth W. Ross et al. v. Acadian Seaplants, LTD. (Errata)
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 45
Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, Ltd.  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 45
Docket Number: 2019 ME 45

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Property Owners in this property dispute, holding that rockweed, a species of seaweed that grows in Maine's int...

State v. Robinson  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 46
Docket Number: 2019 ME 46

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, holding that the court did not err during the proceedings below. On ap...

Ford v. State  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 47
Docket Number: 2019 ME 47

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court denying in part and granting in part Appellant's petition for post-conviction relief as to his felony convictions, holding that the court erred by den...

State v. Sykes  
Date: March 26, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 43
Docket Number: 2019 ME 43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of domestic violence assault, holding that the trial court did not err in admitting into evidence a recording of a 911 call by the alleged victim of the domestic...

State v. Cunneen  
Date: March 26, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 44
Docket Number: 2019 ME 44

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's drug-related convictions, holding that the trial court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained as the result of a roadside interaction with...

State of Maine v. David T. Brown (Errata)
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 41
State v. Brown  
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 41
Docket Number: 2019 ME 41

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the aggravating factors that elevated Defendants’ crime from Class B trafficking in schedule drugs to Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, holding that there was insuffic...

Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Needham  
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 42
Docket Number: 2019 ME 42

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court in favor of Matthew Needham on a foreclosure complaint filed by Wilmington Savings Fund Society as Trustee for Hilldale Trust (Wilmington) and remande...

Robbie M. Nason v. Timothy Pruchnic et al. (Errata)
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 38
Nason v. Pruchnic  
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 38
Docket Number: 2019 ME 38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in favor of Plaintiff on his claim for medical malpractice against Timothy Pruchnic, M.D. and Eastern Maine Medical Center (collectively, Defendants)...

In re Child of Amanda H.  
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 39
Docket Number: 2019 ME 39

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)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the court did not err in...

McGarvey v. McGarvey  
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 40
Docket Number: 2019 ME 40

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Susan McGarvey’s motion to modify a divorce judgment between her and John McGarvey and Susan’s motion to reconsider that denial, holding that...

Lawson v. Willis  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 36
Docket Number: 2019 ME 36

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff’s defamation action against Defendant, his former supervisor, for failure to state a claim under Me. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), holdin...

State v. Burbank  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 37
Docket Number: 2019 ME 37

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of operating under the influence and operating beyond a license condition or restriction, holding that the trial court did not err...

Durkin v. Durkin  
Date: March 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 32
Docket Number: 2019 ME 32

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of divorce entered by the district court on Donald Durkin’s complaint and the court’s denial of Joyce Durkin’s motion for amended or clarified findings and for reconsiderat...

State v. Jones  
Date: March 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 33
Docket Number: 2019 ME 33

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction entered by the superior court after a jury verdict finding Defendant guilty of unlawful sexual contact and assault, holding that the superior court did not e...

In re Children of Tiyonie R.  
Date: March 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 34
Docket Number: 2019 ME 34

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her two children, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the court’s findings of parental unfi...

State v. Hansley  
Date: March 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 35
Docket Number: 2019 ME 35

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder and elevated aggravated assault with a firearm, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions and that the trial court did not...

In re Children of Christopher S.  
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 31
Docket Number: 2019 ME 31

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to two of his children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii),(iv), holding that the distr...

Raposa v. Town of York  
Date: February 26, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 29
Docket Number: 2019 ME 29

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing for lack of subject matter jurisdiction Plaintiffs’ Me. R. Civ. P. 80B complaint for review of factual findings made by the Board of Appeal...

State v. Cookson  
Date: February 26, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 30
Docket Number: 2019 ME 30

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Appellant’s motion for a new trial brought pursuant to Maine’s post-conviction DNA analysis statute, 15 Me. Rev. Stat. 2136-2138, holding tha...

Hearts with Haiti, Inc., et al. v. Paul Kendrick (Errata)
Date: February 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 26
Hearts with Haiti, Inc. v. Kendrick  
Date: February 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 26
Docket Number: 2019 ME 26

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the portion of the superior court’s order denying Defendant’s special motion to dismiss a multipoint complaint against him pursuant to Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute, holding that the comp...

Berry v. Mainstream Finance  
Date: February 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 27
Docket Number: 2019 ME 27

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the the district court granting summary judgment in favor of MaineStream Finance on Jacob Berry’s complaint seeking the return of a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, holding that s...

State v. Fournier  
Date: February 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 28
Docket Number: 2019 ME 28

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder and imposing a forty-five-year sentence of incarceration, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretio...

In re Adoption of Riahleigh M.  
Date: February 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 24
Docket Number: 2019 ME 24

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed two separate judgments of the probate court granting the petitions of half-sisters’ maternal grandmother to terminate the fathers’ parental rights as part of the proceeding through whi...

Dubois v. Town of Arundel  
Date: February 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 21
Docket Number: 2019 ME 21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court dismissing Plaintiffs’ complaint but vacated the order imposing sanctions on Plaintiffs, holding that the superior court abused its discretion in imposi...

In re Adoption of Ivan M.  
Date: February 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 22
Docket Number: 2019 ME 22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the probate court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 18-A, 9-204(a)-(b) and Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(2), (B)(2)(a) and...

In re Patricia S.  
Date: February 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 23
Docket Number: 2019 ME 23

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the probate court denying the petition filed by Michael Zani and Peter Zani to be appointed co-guardians of Patricia S., their mother and an incapacitated adult, and ins...

In re Children of Travis G.  
Date: February 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 20
Docket Number: 2019 ME 20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that the children of Mother and Father were in jeopardy pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4035, holding that the court’s findings were supported...

In re Children of Bradford W.  
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 15
Docket Number: 2019 ME 15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Parents’ parental rights to their children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4050-4056, holding that the record supported the court’s findin...

State v. Roy  
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 16
Docket Number: 2019 ME 16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of three counts of possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under age twelve, holding that the court did not err in deny...

Sherwood Associates LP v. Jackson  
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 17
Docket Number: 2019 ME 17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court affirming the judgment of the district court in favor of Appellee, Appellant’s landlord, holding that Appellant’s violation of his lease in three way...

Sweet v. Breivogel  
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 18
Docket Number: 2019 ME 18

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal involving a dispute over payment for the construction of a traditional timber frame home, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court calculating the damages recoverable under th...

Eric V. Warnquist et al. v. State Tax Assessor (Errata)
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 19
Warnquist v. State Tax Assessor  
Date: January 29, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 19
Docket Number: 2019 ME 19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court granting summary judgment on Appellants’ appeal from the assessment of tax on certain foreign income, holding that there was no error in the proceedi...

State v. Ferguson  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 10
Docket Number: 2019 ME 10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder and elevated aggravated assault, entered after a bench trial, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court held (...

McMahon v. McMahon  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 11
Docket Number: 2019 ME 11

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Christopher McMahon’s motion for contempt and granting Tanya McMahon’s motion to modify the parties’ divorce judgment and the court’s order d...

York County v. PropertyInfo Corp., Inc.  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 12
Docket Number: 2019 ME 12

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment to Defendant, PropertyInfo Corporation, Inc., on York County’s complaint alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment,...

In re Child of Nicholas G.  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 13
Docket Number: 2019 ME 13

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from a family matter judgment after a judicial review hearing in a child protection matter the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the appeal from the child protection matter and affirmed the judgment in the...

In re Child of Jonathan D.  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 14
Docket Number: 2019 ME 14

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the court did not err in...

In re Children of Crystal G.  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 9
Docket Number: 2019 ME 9

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to four of her children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv), holdin...

Eric Ring v. Daniel Leighton v. Clinton McGaw (Errata)
Date: January 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 8
Ring v. Leighton  
Date: January 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 8
Docket Number: 2019 ME 8

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s complaint asserting that Defendant was negligent and had caused Plaintiff economic harm, holding...

State v. Gagne  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 7
Docket Number: 2019 ME 7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order to enforce payment of restitution entered by the superior court following a hearing on a motion to enforce payment of a restitution obligation originally imposed as part of a...

Cashman v. Robertson  
Date: January 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 5
Docket Number: 2019 ME 5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court divorcing Husband and Wife, holding that the court did not err by adopting Wife’s proposed judgment and did not err in its classification of marital...

State v. Perkins  
Date: January 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 6
Docket Number: 2019 ME 6

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of operating under the influence (OUI) with a refusal to submit to a chemical test, holding that the jury instructions given in this case were not confusing to t...

In re Children of Corey W.  
Date: January 10, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 4
Docket Number: 2019 ME 4

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to two of their children, holding, among other things, that the evidence was sufficient to support...

Littlebrook Airpark Condominium Ass’n v. Sweet Peas, LLC  
Date: January 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 2
Docket Number: 2019 ME 3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Littlebrook Airpark Condominium Association on the Association’s action for a declaratory judgment on the issue...

In re Children of Shirley T.  
Date: January 3, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 1
Docket Number: 2019 ME 1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Appellants’ and the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s motions to transfer jurisdiction of this child protection matter to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court pursu...

In re Children of Mary J.  
Date: January 3, 2019
Citation: 2019 ME 2
Docket Number: 2019 ME 2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the district court denying the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s motion to intervene in a child protective action involving nonmember children following the removal of the children fr...

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