Representative Matters

Environmental

  • Defended medical device company in four-week hazardous waste trial in federal court involving clean-up of mercury in river sediment.
  • Defended $250 million clean-up order at nine-day hearing before Maine Board of Environmental Protection.
  • Defended largest Maine petroleum enforcement action in over 20 years.
  • Defended largest U.S. EPA pesticide enforcement action in Region I.
  • Resolved property damage claims for residential and commercial landowners located on former municipal landfill.
  • Resolved state and federal natural resource damage claims at three former marine oil terminals.
  • Resolved property damage lawsuit by lakefront property owners arising from No. 6 fuel oil spill.
  • Defended environmental consultants in $1 million federal court jury trial against manufacturing company claim of faulty environmental site assessment.
  • Defended environmental engineers in three-week New Hampshire arbitration in $15 million alleged negligent water treatment system design at superfund site.
  • Defended paper company in multi-plaintiff toxic tort lawsuit involving alleged brain cancer cluster.
  • Successful U.S. EPA sole source aquifer petition under the Clean Water Act, Conanicut Island, Rhode Island.
  • Successful contested license transfer for 99MW wind power project in New Hampshire.
  • Successful contested air emission license amendment for paper mill.

Financial and General Litigation

  • Won $13.6 million civil jury trial in Bangor, Maine for breach of contract to negotiate in good faith on behalf of electric utility.
  • Won $40 million securities arbitration in Washington, D.C. on behalf of publicly traded company in connection with stock purchase of Maryland manufacturer.
  • Won $419,000 securities arbitration in Boston.
  • Won appeal of award of $50 million contract for wireless emergency communication service.
  • Won appeal of award of $35 million contract for state-wide lottery services.
  • Won securities and probate litigation and arbitration related to mishandling of assets, securities fraud, fiduciary mismanagement, and related matters.
  • Defense and prosecution of numerous high value construction claims.

Media and First Amendment

  • Won news media First Amendment challenge to secret jury selection in high profile criminal case.
  • Won federal summary judgment in favor of eight news media organizations against claims of libel, invasion of privacy, and civil rights violations arising from reporting on alleged unlawful firearms confiscation.
  • Won trials and appeals permitting access to state and federal public records for news media.
  • Pre-publication review of news articles and broadcasts for news media.
  • Won dismissal of defamation claims against New York Times reporter.
  • Won lawsuit attempting to compel disclosure of identity of author of allegedly defamatory anonymous news letter.
  • Won dismissal of federal copyright claims against prominent magazine.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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 Cities and Towns Shift to Virtual Meetings to Carry out Public’s Business

As concerns about public access has increased, videoconferencing has become the new normal for Maine municipalities adjusting to doing necessary business during the coronavirus pandemic.

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...

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...

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...

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...