Authored Works

Publications

  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Alexandra A. Harriman, and Margeaux E. Lavoie, Maine Governor Vetoes Legislation Requiring News Outlets to Establish Unconstitutional Censorship Process for “Foreign Government-Influenced” Political Communications, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (July 2023)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Peter G. Callaghan, Defamation Claims Brought by Art Fraudsters Dismissed, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (Feb. 28, 2021)
  • Benjamin Piper, Sigmund Schutz, Jonathan Piper, Court Rules that Undercover Game Warden is a “Public Figure,” MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center (Oct. 31, 2019)
  • Jeffrey J. Pyle and Sigmund D. Schutz, First Circuit: Juror Names and Addresses Remain Public in the Age of Social Media, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (January 25, 2019)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Benjamin S. Piper, Katie Graichen, Maine to Follow Federal PACER Model for Access to Court Records Online, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (July 28, 2018)
  • Sigmund D. Schutz and Benjamin S. Piper, Online Access to Maine Court Records—Judicial Transparency for the 21st Century, Maine Lawyers Review (June 7, 2018);
  • Sigmund D. Schutz, Maine Protects Anonymous Speech In Parody Newsletter, MediaLawLetter (Media Law Resource Center) (May, 2017)
  • 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

Firm Highlights

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...

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Schutz and Harriman Author Article for MLRC on Mill's Veto of Constitutionally Fraught Legislation

In an article for the Media Law Resource Center's July 2023 Media Law Letter,  Preti Flaherty attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman explore Gov. Janet Mills' recent veto of L.D. 1610, “An Act to Prohibit Campaign Spending...

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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Maine Government Contracting and Procurement Update: Public Access Under FOAA to Trade Secrets in Proposals and Bid Documents

Those doing business with state, county, and local government in Maine need to know their way around public records laws. What is the risk that sensitive or proprietary business information submitted in response to...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...