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

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

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The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...