Maine Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2021

Atkinson v. Capoldo  
Date: May 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 27
Docket Number: 2021 ME 27

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the judgment of the district court denying Mother's motion to modify the parties' parental rights and responsibilities as to the parties' two children, holding that the matter m...

State v. Gaston  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 25
Docket Number: 2021 ME 25

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for intentional or knowing murder and sentence of forty years' imprisonment, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme...

Somerset Telephone Co. v. State Tax Assessor  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 26
Docket Number: 2021 ME 26

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment entered in the business and consumer docket affirming the State Tax Assessor's denial of Appellant's request for an income tax refund for the 2013 taxable year, holding th...

Meridian Medical Systems, LLC v. Epix Therapeutics, Inc.  
Date: April 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 24
Docket Number: 2021 ME 24

Justia Opinion Summary: In this business dispute involving several tort claims the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the business and consumer docket dismissing the complaint for failure to state a claim, holding that the trial co...

City of Old Town v. Expera Old Town, LLC  
Date: April 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 23
Docket Number: 2021 ME 23

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court affirming a 2019 decision of the State Board of Property Tax Review granting the tax abatement requests of Expera Old Town, LLC for the 2014 and 2015...

Hodgdon v. State  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 22
Docket Number: 2021 ME 22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment entered by the superior court denying in part Petitioner's petition for post-conviction review of his conviction on several sexual assault charges, holding that Petitioner...

Roque Island Gardner Homestead Corp. v. Town of Jonesport  
Date: April 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 21
Docket Number: 2021 ME 21

Justia Opinion Summary: In these cases concerning property tax abatement requests the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed two decisions of the superior court vacating a decision denying requests for abatement and granting a petition for judicial re...

Gray v. Department of Public Safety  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 19
Docket Number: 2021 ME 19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the Department of Public Safety's denial of Appellant's application for a professional investigator license, holding that Appellant's First...

Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC v. Casey Clougherty Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 20
Docket Number: 2021 ME 20

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal regarding collection actions by a debt buyer, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgments that the district court entered in favor of Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, holding that the...

State v. Carrillo  
Date: April 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 18
Docket Number: 2021 ME 18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of the depraved indifference murder of her daughter and sentence of forty-eight years in prison, holding that Defendant's claims of error were unavailing. Speci...

Nadeau v. Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC  
Date: March 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 16
Docket Number: 2021 ME 16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court's entry of summary judgment in favor of Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC on Plaintiff's claim brought under the Maine Whistleblowers' Protection Act (WPA), Me. Rev. St...

Charest v. Hydraulic Hose & Assemblies, LLC  
Date: March 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 17
Docket Number: 2021 ME 17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the Appellate Division of the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) affirming the decision of the WCB ALJ denying Appellant's petition for review of incapacity benefits paid...

State v. Silva  
Date: March 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 15
Docket Number: 2021 ME 15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the dispositional order imposed after an adjudication that juvenile Timothy Silva committed manslaughter, holding that the court did not err in committing him to detention. Silva was...

Moyant v. Petit  
Date: March 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 13
Docket Number: 2021 ME 13

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Appellant's complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, holding that the superior court did not err in determining that Appellant's...

H&B Realty, LLC v. JJ Cars, LLC, et al. (Errata)
Date: March 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 14
H&B Realty, LLC v. JJ Cars, LLC  
Date: March 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 14
Docket Number: 2021 ME 14

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the Business and Consumer Docket in favor of JJ Cars, LLC and John Mokarzel on H&B Realty, LLC's complaint for breach of contract, holding that there was no error in th...

State v. Clark  
Date: March 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 12
Docket Number: 2021 ME 12

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's judgment of conviction for intentional or knowing murder, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial c...

Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Clifford  
Date: February 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 11
Docket Number: 2021 ME 11

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Deutsche Bank on Deutsche Bank's foreclosure complaint, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. On appeal,...

Corinth Pellets, LLC v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co.  
Date: February 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 10
Docket Number: 2021 ME 10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing for failure to state a claim Corinth Pellets, LLC's complaint alleging that a fire loss at Corinth's wood pellet mill was covered under a c...

State v. Gordon  
Date: February 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 9
Docket Number: 2021 ME 9

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the twelve-year concurrent sentences imposed on Defendant for three counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs months after the parties entered into a plea agreement involving...

Apple Inc. v. State Tax Assessor  
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 8
Docket Number: 2021 ME 8

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court's grant of summary judgment concluding that the taxable "sale price" of iPhones sold at discounted prices to customers who entered into wireless service contracts at...

A.S. v. LincolnHealth  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 6
Docket Number: 2021 ME 6

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court denying A.S.'s petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking release from his detention, holding that the superior court erred when it determined that...

State of Maine v. Brandon Glenn (Errata)
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 7
State v. Glenn  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 7
Docket Number: 2021 ME 7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of sexually explicit material, holding that the superior court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress on the grounds that Defendant,...

Bibeau v. Concord General Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 4
Docket Number: 2021 ME 4

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Concord General Mutual Insurance Company on Arthur Bibeau's complaint for alleged breaches and violations of the homeowne...

Guardianship by Joseph W.  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 5
Docket Number: 2021 ME 5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the probate court ordering that a sixteen-year-old minor, who had been residing with his mother and his siblings in Mississippi for over a year, would start living with his...

State v. Leng  
Date: January 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 3
Docket Number: 2021 ME 3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed after he pled guilty to the intentional and knowing murder of his wife, holding that the sentencing court followed proper sentencing procedures and appropr...

Cutting v. Down East Orthopedic Associates, P.A.  
Date: January 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 1
Docket Number: 2021 ME 1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal from an order of the superior court denying Down East Orthopedic Associates, P.A.'s motion to dismiss Carol Cutting's complaint for medical malpractice, holding that Down...

Wells Fargo Bank v. Bump  
Date: January 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 2
Docket Number: 2021 ME 2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of John Bump on Wells Fargo Bank's foreclosure complaint, holding that the court did not err by concluding that a 2015 order dismissing with...

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