Maine Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2021

Estate of Sprague v. Bankers Life & Casualty Co.  
Date: December 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 64
Docket Number: 2021 ME 64

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the summary judgment of the superior court concluding that the complaint brought by the Estate of Marion Sprague against Bankers Life and Casualty Company for breach of a home health…

Yankee Pride Transportation & Logistics, Inc. v. UIG, Inc.  
Date: December 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 65
Docket Number: 2021 ME 65

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered in the business and consumer court in favor of UIG, Inc. on Yankee Pride Transportation and Logistics, Inc.'s claims of negligence, breach of contract, and…

Desgrosseilliers v. Auburn Sheet Metal  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 63
Docket Number: 2021 ME 63

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the appellate division of the Workers' Compensation Board affirming the decision of an administrative law judge (ALJ) granting Plaintiff's petition for award of…

Martin v. MacMahan  
Date: December 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 62
Docket Number: 2021 ME 62

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgments entered by the district court establishing Dawn and James Ostrander as de facto parents of two biological children of Mark Martin and Marylou…

In re Children of Michelle C.  
Date: December 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 61
Docket Number: 2021 ME 61

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's and Father's parental rights to their older child and the order finding that Mother's younger child was in jeopardy in her care,…

Thurlow v. Nelson  
Date: November 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 58
Docket Number: 2021 ME 58

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order entered in the superior court in favor of Defendants granting Defendants' special motion to dismiss Plaintiff's defamation claim pursuant to Maine's anti-SLAPP (Strategic…

Bloom v. Bloom  
Date: November 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 59
Docket Number: 2021 ME 59

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the divorce judgment issued in the district court as to child support and affirmed in all other respects, holding that the district court erred in calculating child support. Lawrence…

Seymour v. Seymour  
Date: November 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 60
Docket Number: 2021 ME 60

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the judgment of the district court modifying the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities in the divorce judgment in this case, holding that the court abused its…

Concord General Mutual Insurance Co. v. Estate of Collette J. Boure  
Date: November 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 57
Docket Number: 2021 ME 57

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in this insurance dispute, holding that the superior court properly entered summary judgment in favor of 21st Century Centennial Insurance Company…

State v. Bilynsky  
Date: November 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 56
Docket Number: 2021 ME 56

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction in violation of condition of release entered in the trial court following a jury trial, holding that there was no error. Specifically, the Supreme Judicial…

Marks v. Marks  
Date: November 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 55
Docket Number: 2021 ME 55

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the denial by the district court of Mother's Me. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion for relief from judgment, holding that the district court did not err. The parties in this case were divorced…

Slager v. Bell  
Date: November 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 52
Docket Number: 2021 ME 52

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing with prejudice Plaintiff's complaint seeking judicial review of a decision of the Town of Kennebunkport's code enforcement officer (CEO)…

Emerson v. Laffan  
Date: November 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 53
Docket Number: 2021 ME 53

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the judgment of the district court allocating parental rights and responsibilities concerning the parties' minor child, holding that the district court abused its discretion in…

Progressive Northwest Insurance Co. v. Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: November 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 54
Docket Number: 2021 ME 54

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court's summary judgment entered in favor of Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company as to Progressive Northwest Insurance Company's complaint seeking…

Toto v. Knowles  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 51
Docket Number: 2021 ME 51

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff's complaint alleging that he was injured as a result of Defendant's negligent operation of a motor…

Gamage v. Public Utilities Commission  
Date: October 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 50
Docket Number: 2021 ME 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Public Utilities Commission dismissing Appellants' complaint alleging that Central Maine Power Company (CMP) committed unreasonable practices by delivering notices…

Boles v. White  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 49
Docket Number: 2021 ME 49

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court entering summary judgment in favor of Karen and Ronald White on Cecelia Boles's complaint alleging premises liability, holding that there was no…

Narowetz v. Board of Dental Practice  
Date: September 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 46
Docket Number: 2021 ME 46

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter challenging the superior court's judgment affirming a decision of the Board of Dental Practice sanctioning Appellant, a licensed dentist in Maine, for unprofessional…

State v. Murray  
Date: September 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 47
Docket Number: 2021 ME 47

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of intentional or knowing murder, elevated aggravated assault, and robbery, holding that none of Defendant's arguments on appeal had merit. On appeal, Defendant…

In re Child of Nicholas G.  
Date: September 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 48
Docket Number: 2021 ME 48

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed as interlocutory Father's appeal from a judicial review order requiring him to return his child to Maine, holding that Father's appeal of the interlocutory order was not…

LaMarre v. Town of China  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 45
Docket Number: 2021 ME 45

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court reversing the decision of the Board of Appeals affirming the Town of China code enforcement officer's (CEO) issuance of an after-the-fact permit to allow the…

State v. Akers  
Date: September 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 43
Docket Number: 2021 ME 43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction for intentional or knowing murder entered in the trial court following a jury trial, holding that the trial court erred in denying Defendant's motion to suppress…

Connary v. Shea  
Date: September 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 44
Docket Number: 2021 ME 44

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the superior court granting a partial summary judgment in favor of Defendants on count two of Plaintiff's second amended complaint seeking a…

Caiazzo v. Secretary of State  
Date: July 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 42
Docket Number: 2021 ME 42

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Secretary of State to draft a single ballot question for a direct initiative, holding that the Secretary of State did…

Monteith v. Monteith  
Date: July 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 40
Docket Number: 2021 ME 40

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court declining Patricia Monteith's request to register in Maine a child support order issued in Maryland against George Monteith as to the parties' four…

State v. Gessner  
Date: July 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 41
Docket Number: 2021 ME 41

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court accepting Defendant's conditional guilty plea to escape, holding that, by separately trying Defendant for criminal threatening in Sagadahoc County and…

State v. Bentley  
Date: July 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 39
Docket Number: 2021 ME 39

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's sentence of forty years' imprisonment imposed in connection with his guilty plea to murder, holding that the trial court did not misapply any principle or abuse its…

Hill v. Town of Wells  
Date: July 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 38
Docket Number: 2021 ME 38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court vacating the determination of the Town of Wells Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) denying Plaintiff's application for two setback variances on the grounds…

In re Children of Kacee S.  
Date: July 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 36
Docket Number: 2021 ME 36

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the district court denying Mother's second motion for relief from the judgment of the district court terminating her parental rights to her four children, holding that Mother…

State v. Daly  
Date: July 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 37
Docket Number: 2021 ME 37

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for knowing or intentional murder and the denial of his motion for a new trial, holding that there was no error. On appeal, Defendant argued that…

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce v. City of Portland  
Date: July 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 34
Docket Number: 2021 ME 34

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment against the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce on its claims that voter-initiated legislation establishing an emergency…

Madison Paper Industries v. Town of Madison  
Date: July 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 35
Docket Number: 2021 ME 35

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming a decision of the State Board of Property Tax Review upholding the Town of Madison's denial of Madison Paper Industries' (MPI) request for…

20 Thames Street LLC v. Ocean State Job Lot of Maine 2017 LLC  
Date: June 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 33
Docket Number: 2021 ME 33

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the superior court affirming the judgment of the district court entered in the Business and Consumer Docket in favor of Ocean State Job Lot of Maine 2017 LLC and…

State v. Cardilli  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 31
Docket Number: 2021 ME 31

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court finding Defendant guilty of manslaughter, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Defendant was indicted for intentional or knowing…

Fair Elections Portland, Inc. v. City of Portland  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 32
Docket Number: 2021 ME 32

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court affirming the Portland City Council's decision not to submit to voters a citizen-initiated ballot question proposing a change to the City of…

Low v. Low  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 29
Docket Number: 2021 ME 30

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the divorce judgment entered by the district court granting primary residence of the parties' son to Mother, who intended to relocate to Texas, holding that the district court did not…

Eric B. Low v. Tommie E. Low
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 30
In re Adoption by Tamra M.  
Date: May 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 29
Docket Number: 2021 ME 29

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the probate court denying Mother's petition for termination of the parental rights of Father, which she filed in conjunction with her petition for adoption pursuant to…

Doane v. Department of Health & Human Services  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 ME 28
Docket Number: 2021 ME 28

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services excluding Stephen Doane, MD from participation in and reimbursement from Maine's…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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