Authored Works

Publications

  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Stephen E.F. Langsdorf, and Kevin J. Haskins, Cyber Update: Free Speech, FOAA, and Website Privacy Policies, Maine Townsman Magazine (April 2017) 
  • Privileged Under Section 201(c) of the Copyright Act, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (April, 2016)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and John Duval, Sr., An Interview with the Administrator of the Maine Office of Securities, 30 Me.B.J. 227 (Fall 2015).  Reprinted in The Blue Sky Bugle, ABA Cmte. on State Regulation of Securities, (April 2016)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper,  The Train Rolls On, First Circuit Allows Defamation Action by Railway Against Rail Industry Trade Publication to Continue, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Oct., 2015)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper, The End of the Line for Defamation Claims by Railroad and Its CEO Against Trade Newsletter, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Oct., 2014)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, California and Maine Courts Foil Candidate’s Attempt to Sue Anonymous Parody Newspaper: Supboena on ISP Quashed; Attempt to Serve Newspaper’s Counsel Denied, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Aug., 2014)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Government Contracting and Procurement Update: Public Access to Trade Secrets in Proposals and Bid Documents in Maine, PretiFlaherty Client Alert (Aug. 5, 2014)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Intervenes on 24 Hours’ Notice to Stop Secret Jury Selection in “Zumba” Prostitution Case: Decisive Action to Enforce and Apply Press-Enterprise I, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Jan.. 2013)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Public Access to Judicial Proceedings and Records in Maine: Worth Protecting, 27 Me.B.J. 198 (Fall 2012)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper, Maine’s High Court Re-Adjusts Burdens in Favor of Plaintiffs in Anti-SLAPP Motions: Decision May Impact States with Similar Anti-SLAPP Statutes, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (May 25, 2012)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Jonathan S. Piper, Benjamin S. Piper, First Circuit Lays Down the Gauntlet in Pleading Actual Malice: Affirms Dismissal of Candidate’s Libel Claim for Failure to Adequately Plead Fault, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (March 22, 2012)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, What To Do After a Data Breach: A Primer on Maine’s Security Breach Law, PretiFlaherty Client Alert (Feb. 6, 2012)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Court Invalidates $1 Million Fee for Access to Electronic Public Records, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (February, 2011)
  • Charles F. Dingman & Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine’s Public Records Law Now Applies to Private Contractors Doing Business with the State of Maine, PretiFlaherty Client Alert (May 28, 2010)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Disclosures on Campaign Communications: A Primer for Newspapers, Maine Press Assn. E-News Update (May 24, 2010)
  • Daniel Walker, Sigmund D. Schutz, and Jonathan S. Piper, Maine Enacts Shield Law to Protect Journalists’ Confidential Sources, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (May 30, 2008)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Court Flips $2.1 Million Punitive Damages Award, Upholds Award for Wages, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Oct. 31, 2007)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, From the Hotline, The News Media & the Law (Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press) (Fall, 2006)
  • Jonathan S. Piper & Sigmund D. Schutz, Priest Sex Abuse Records to Be Made Open to the Public, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (May 25, 2005)
  • Daniel Rapaport, Kurt Olafsen, Sigmund D. Schutz, & Jonathan Mermin, Tort Killer: Applying the Economic Loss Doctrine to Service Contracts, 20 Me.B.J. 100 (2005)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Records on Sexual Abuse of Minors by Deceased Priests Ordered Released by Maine Superior Court, MediaLaw Letter (Media Law Resource Center) (Nov. 25, 2003)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Time to Reconsider Nullum Tempus Occurrit Regi – The Applicability of Statutes of Limitations Against the State of Maine in Civil Actions, 55 ME.L.REV. 373 (2003)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Freedom of Access Law: It’s Not Easy Keeping Secrets, 14 Me.B.J. 138 (1999)

Book Chapters

  • Sigmund D. Schutz, First Circuit chapter in Open Court Compendium (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (2019 update)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine chapter in Open Government Guide (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (7th ed. 2018) available at https://www.rcfp.org/open-government-guide/maine/
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine chapter in Reporters Privilege Compendium, (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (2018 update) available at https://www.rcfp.org/privilege-compendium/maine/
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Admissibility of Expert Testimony  in A Practical Guide to Maine Evidence  (MCLE, 1st ed. 2015)
  • Jonathan S. Piper & Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine Libel Law, in Media Libel Law (Media Law Resource Center) (annually, 1998 – Present)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper, Maine Privacy Law in Media Privacy and Related Law (Media Law Resource Center) (annually, 2012 – Present)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine chapter in Open Court Compendium (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (1st ed. 2011)
  • Jonathan S. Piper & Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine’s Freedom of Access Act in Open Government Guide (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (5th ed. 2006) (6th ed. 2011)  available at http://www.rcfp.org/ogg/index.php
  • Jonathan S. Piper & Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine chapter in Reporters Privilege Compendium (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) (2007 and 2008 update) (available at http://www.rcfp.org)

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Officer-involved Shootings Video - Maine Behind the Curve on Public Access to Information

More than three months after officers were involved in a fatal shooting of a Minot, Maine, resident, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Attorney General continue to deny requests to...

Press Coverage

Maine - Mills Administration Held Secret Meetings on Pandemic with State Lawmakers

Officials in the administration of Governor Mills briefed large groups of Maine legislators privately and without public notice multiple times, in apparent violation of state law. Extended Coverage: Mills administration holds 8 briefings with...

News

Eighteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Publication

Open Courts Compendium: First Circuit

Sigmund D. Schutz was invited by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to author the First Circuit chapter in the  Open Courts Compendium . The Open Courts Compendium  is a general guide to court access issues, with...

Press Coverage

As More States Release COVID-19 Cases by Town, Maine Says It Could Take 6 Months

As more states continue to release information on the number and distribution of coronavirus cases, officials from Maine's public health agency claim that making tallies available to the public under the state's Freedom of...