Maine Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2022

State v. Barclift  
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 50
Docket Number: 2022 ME 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant on two charges of aggravated furnishing of cocaine, which were merged for sentencing, holding that the trial court erred when it denied…

State v. Lovell  
Date: September 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 49
Docket Number: 2022 ME 49

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction entered in the trial court upon his conditional guilty plea to drug-related offenses and endangering the welfare of a child, holding that the trial court did…

State v. Beeler  
Date: August 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 47
Docket Number: 2022 ME 47

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction of criminal operating under the influence (OUI) with one previous OUI offense and violation of condition of release entered by the trial court after a jury…

NECEC Transmission LLC v. Bureau of Parks & Lands  
Date: August 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 48
Docket Number: 2022 ME 48

Justia Opinion Summary: On interlocutory appeal in this case involving the New England Clean Energy Connect project (Project), the Supreme Judicial Court held that retroactive application of legislation enacted by voters (the Initiative) to the…

State v. Rosario  
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 46
Docket Number: 2022 ME 46

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress, and Defendant's remaining…

Beedle v. Beedle  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 45
Docket Number: 2022 ME 45

Justia Opinion Summary: In this post-dissolution action, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court granting Appellant's motion to amend a stipulated order, holding that the motion to amend the stipulated order was…

Moran v. Moran  
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 43
Docket Number: 2022 ME 43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part and remanded in part the divorce judgment entered by the district court on Husband's complaint, holding that the judgment was improper was to the property division and attorney…

Boivin v. Somatex, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 44
Docket Number: 2022 ME 44

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Somatex, Inc. on Kim Boivin's complaint alleging that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result…

Ouellette v. Saco River Corridor Commission  
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 42
Docket Number: 2022 ME 42

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court affirming the order of the Saco River Corridor Commission denying Appellant's application to build a privacy fence along a portion of his property,…

State v. Athayde  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 41
Docket Number: 2022 ME 41

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder and his sentence of fifty years in prison, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. At issue on appeal was whether the trial court…

29 McKown LLC v. Town of Boothbay Harbor  
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 38
Docket Number: 2022 ME 38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Town of Boothbay Harbor's Board of Appeals (BOA) denying 29 McKown, LLC's administrative appeal from a code enforcement…

Doe v. Roe  
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 39
Docket Number: 2022 ME 39

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the interlocutory order of the district court allowing discovery in a protection from abuse action instituted by Pat Doe against Sam Roe and denying in part Doe's request for a…

Badler v. University of Maine System  
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 40
Docket Number: 2022 ME 40

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of the University of Maine System on Plaintiff's claim of negligence based on an injury he sustained from an industrial…

State Tax Assessor v. Tracfone Wireless, Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 36
Docket Number: 2022 ME 36

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the summary judgment granted in favor of the Maine Tax Assessor entered in the business and consumer docket ruling that TracFone Wireless, Inc.'s Lifeline service was subject to…

Mayberry v. Janosky  
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 37
Docket Number: 2022 ME 37

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and remanded in part a judgment awarding parental rights and responsibilities entered in the district court as to Father's four children with Mother, holding that the court's…

In re Weapons Restriction of J.  
Date: June 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 34
Docket Number: 2022 ME 34

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment entered by the district court extending a weapons restriction placed on J because J presented a likelihood of foreseeable harm, holding that there was no error in the…

Convery v. Town of Wells  
Date: June 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 35
Docket Number: 2022 ME 35

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court denying the Town of Wells's motion for summary judgment in the underlying personal injury suit, holding that the plain language of the Maine Tort…

Doe v. Lozano  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 33
Docket Number: 2022 ME 33

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the district court determining that a settlement agreement signed by the parties constituted a binding contract and granting Plaintiff's motion to enforce the agreement, holding…

Fiske v. Fiske  
Date: June 14, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 31
Docket Number: 2022 ME 31

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order entered by the district court dismissing Grandmother's petition for grandparent visitation for lack of standing, holding that there was no error. Grandmother petitioned…

State v. Hemminger  
Date: June 14, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 32
Docket Number: 2022 ME 32

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for operating under the influence, entered after a jury trial, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on her allegations of error. After a trial, a…

City of Lewiston v. Verrinder  
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 29
Docket Number: 2022 ME 29

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of the City of Lewiston on the City's land use complaint alleging two violations of City…

Estate of Bean v. City of Bangor  
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 30
Docket Number: 2022 ME 30

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal from a decision of the superior court denying the City of Bangor's motion for summary judgment in a personal injury suit brought by the estate of Albert Bean (the Estate),…

55 Oak Street LLC v. RDR Enterprises, Inc. (Errata)
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 28
55 Oak Street LLC v. RDR Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 28
Docket Number: 2022 ME 28

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court affirming the judgment of the district court that denied Landlord's forcible entry and detainer (FED) action to oust Tenant from possession of…

State v. Thomas  
Date: May 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 27
Docket Number: 2022 ME 27

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for certain domestic violence incidents, including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his…

Maples v. Compass Harbor Village Condominium Ass'n  
Date: April 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 26
Docket Number: 2022 ME 26

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal from an order entered in the business and consumer document granting a motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint seeking to enforce a prior judgment awarding them damages…

State v. Williams  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 24
Docket Number: 2022 ME 24

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murdering a deputy sheriff and sentencing Defendant to life imprisonment, holding that there was no error. After his…

Sultan Corporation v. Department of Environmental Protection  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 21
Docket Number: 2022 ME 21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part the judgment of the superior court affirming the Board of Environmental Protection's decision to upheld a cleanup order issued by the Commissioner of the Department of…

State v. Croteau  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 22
Docket Number: 2022 ME 22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court suppressing Defendant's blood test results in the State's prosecution of Defendant for operating under the influence, holding that the findings of the…

McKeeman v. Duchaine  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 23
Docket Number: 2022 ME 23

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court that characterized the court's prior order on Appellants' motion for a preliminary injunction as a ruling on the merits and entering a final judgment…

Maquoit Bay LLC v. Department of Marine Resources  
Date: March 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 19
Docket Number: 2022 ME 19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to grant an aquaculture lease to Mere Point Oyster Company, LLC (MPOC) in Maquoit…

General Marine Construction Corp. v. Public Utilities Commission  
Date: March 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 20
Docket Number: 2022 ME 20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal from an order of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) declining to open a formal investigation into a water bill issued to General Marine Construction Corp. by the…

Lucas J. Sirois et al. v. Town of Rangeley et al.
Date: March 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 18
Klein v. University of Maine System  
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 17
Docket Number: 2022 ME 17

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of the University of Maine System and the University of Maine and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint asserting…

Weinstein v. Old Orchard Beach Family Dentistry, LLC  
Date: March 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 16
Docket Number: 2022 ME 16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff's seven-count complaint against Marina Narowetz, DDS, and her dental practice (collectively, Defendants), holding that the…

Zappia v. Town of Old Orchard Beach  
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 15
Docket Number: 2022 ME 15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order entered by the superior court affirming the decision of the Town of Old Orchard Beach to deny Appellant's application to build a greenhouse in the front yard of her…

In re Child of Kenneth S.  
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 14
Docket Number: 2022 ME 14

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights as to his child, holding that Father was not denied due process and that Father failed to prove his claim of…

Riemann v. Toland  
Date: February 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 13
Docket Number: 2022 ME 13

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the divorce judgment entered by the district court in which the court adopted a referee's determination of the parties' child's primary residence and awarded Kristina Toland marital…

Franchini v. Investor's Business Daily, Inc.  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 12
Docket Number: 2022 ME 12

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court declined to consider a question certified to the Court by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that there was no clear controlling precedent. Plaintiff brought a complaint in a federal…

State v. Reeves  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 10
Docket Number: 2022 ME 10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of intentional or knowing murder, holding that there was no error. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court erred in…

State v. Shepard  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 11

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for gross sexual assault and sexual misconduct with a child under twelve years of age, holding that the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion in…

Stiff v. Jones  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 9
Docket Number: 2022 ME 9

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed as interlocutory this appeal from a partial summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Defendants on Plaintiffs' complaint, holding that the court improvidently…

Needham v. Needham  
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 7
Docket Number: 2022 ME 7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the divorce judgment entered by the district court that awarded shared parental rights and responsibilities concerning the parties' minor children, holding that the court impermissibly…

Sarchi v. Uber Technologies, Inc.  
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 8
Docket Number: 2022 ME 8

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court denying the motion to compel arbitration brought by Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC (collectively, Uber) in this action brought by Patricia…

Atlantic Home Solutions, Inc. v. Pham  
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 6
Docket Number: 2022 ME 6

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Quang Pham on Atlantic Home Solutions, Inc.'s claim for recovery of personal property pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 14, 7071, holding that…

Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. v. Lewiston DMEP IX, LLC  
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 5
Docket Number: 2022 ME 5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part the judgment entered in the Business and Consumer Docket (BCD) awarding attorney fees and expenses to Forney & Weygandt, Inc. (F&W) but vacated a portion of the judgment…

Jackson Lumber & Millwork Co. v. Rockwell Homes, LLC  
Date: January 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 4
Docket Number: 2022 ME 4

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the superior court's order concluding that because Jackson Lumber & Millwork Co. was both the mortgagee and the purchaser at the public sale of certain foreclosed property the fair market value…

Berounsky v. Oceanside Rubbish, Inc.  
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 3
Docket Number: 2022 ME 3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting the motion of Defendant, Plaintiff's former employer, to dismiss Plaintiff's disability discrimination and failure to accommodate claims as…

In re Guardianship by Stacey M.  
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 1
Docket Number: 2022 ME 1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the probate court denying Mother's petition to modify or terminate an order of the superior court that transferred custody and guardianship of her child to the child's…

Handlin v. Broadreach Public Relations, LLC  
Date: January 6, 2022
Citation: 2022 ME 2
Docket Number: 2022 ME 2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment entered in the superior court in favor of Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and discharge, holding that…

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