Maine

104 ABA Journal Maine articles.

Longtime Maine Lawyer Is Reprimanded re ‘Crusade’ Concerning Ex-Client He Thinks Is a Serial Killer

A recent ethics opinion by Maine’s top court offers guidance on what to do—and not to do—when faced with a presumably unusual problem: An attorney is convinced that a former…

Maine High Court Says Verrill Dana Partners Violated Ethics Rules by Failing to Monitor Lawyer

Updated: Maine’s highest court has ruled that six partners at Verrill Dana violated ethics rules by failing to have procedures in place to monitor a lawyer after questions arose about…

Lawyer Gets 10 Days for Failing to File State Income Tax Returns

A practicing lawyer in Maine who fell behind on his state taxes will be spending approximately a week in jail.

Alan Harding, 58, was sentenced to 120 days, with all…

As Hackers Steal Up to $1B Annually from Biz Bank Accounts, Victims May Have No Recourse

Some $43 million was stolen in conventional bricks-and-mortar robberies, heists and stickups of U.S. banks last year. Meanwhile, cybercrooks stole hundreds of millions in what is being called a national…

Business Goes Back to Paper Checks After Losing $345K and Liability Ruling by Federal Magistrate

It’s less convenient. But a business in Maine that lost $345,000 in 2009 when cyber crooks tried to siphon well over half a million from its online account has now…

Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty, Inspiring a Movement

As state lawmakers debate whether food such as raw milk can safely be sold to informed consumers, the residents of a Maine community have seized the day and recognized a…

Former Top Drug Prosecutor Gets 16 Years in Child Porn Case

A former assistant state attorney general who at one time was the top drug prosecutor in Maine was sentenced today to a 16-year federal prison term in a child pornography…

Judge Denies New Trial to Law Firm re $7.3M Emotional Distress Verdict Won by Former Client

A judge in Maine has upheld a jury’s verdict of $7.3 million for emotional distress to a former client who said the Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson law firm worked…

Judge Clears 6 Verrill Dana Lawyers on All Ethics Charges re Ex-Partner’s $300K Theft

Tried on ethics charges in an attorney disciplinary case because they allegedly didn’t act quickly enough to investigate a then-partner’s theft of some $300,000 from clients and the firm and…

Secretary: I Told Managing Partner He Was Out of His Mind As He Defended Thieving Colleague

In an ongoing legal ethics trial of six attorneys from a prominent Maine law firm, a former secretary there has now given her account of what was said after she…

At Issue in Ethics Trial: Did Verrill Dana Try to Cover Up in $300K Partner Theft Matter?

After hearing on June 13, 2007 that a secretary had blown the whistle on a longtime Verrill Dana senior partner, then-managing partner David Warren asked to see check copies, bank…

Six Verrill Dana Lawyers Face Possible Discipline re Ex-Chair’s $300K Theft

After a secretary blew the whistle on her boss, John Duncan, other lawyers at a prominent Maine firm looked into the matter, eventually determined that the longtime senior lawyer and…

Humble Maine Home, Ex-Lender Lawyer at Epicenter of Storm Over Defective Docs in Foreclosure Cases

An unprecedented national furor over a deluge of defective filings in mortgage foreclosure cases largely centers on a single unlikely case.

Nicolle Bradbury admittedly can’t afford to pay the $474…

How 2 Pro Bono Lawyers Uncovered ‘Robo-Signer,’ Halting Foreclosures in 23 States

A Maine pro bono lawyer’s suspicions helped uncover a “robo-signer” mortgage employee and halt mortgage foreclosures in 23 states.

Pro bono lawyer Thomas Cox, who is retired from law practice,…

Ex-Client Wins $7.3M Emotional Distress Award Against Law Firm

Updated: A former client who claims that his law firm worked against his interests in a battle with his brother for control of the now-shuttered Northern Mattress and Furniture Co.…

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