Stacy O. Stitham Joins Board of Democracy Maine

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On July 16, 2019, partner Stacy O. Stitham joined the Board of Democracy Maine. Democracy Maine is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, which joined forces in 2018 to strengthen their advocacy and education efforts. Democracy Maine works to make government more equitable, inclusive, and...

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Stacy O. Stitham Appointed to Justice Action Group

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Partner Stacy O. Stitham, current Board President of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, has been appointed as Pine Tree’s representative to the Maine Justice Action Group. The Justice Action Group is a judge-led coalition of leaders of Maine’s legal community, which includes state and federal judges, legislative leaders, representatives of Maine’s core legal nonprofit civil legal...

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Matthew Schaefer Presents at Tax Conference

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On June 25, 2019, partner Matthew Schaefer spoke at the Institute for Professionals in Taxation’s 43rd Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Schaefer reviewed developments in state tax law in the year following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. He discussed the sweeping legal changes of the past twelve months...

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Brann & Isaacson Wins Dismissal of Retaliation Lawsuit Against Schoolteacher

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Justice Billings of the Sagadahoc Superior Court has ordered the dismissal of a third complaint filed by Matthew Pollock and Jane Quirion against staff members from Regional School Unit No. 75. The teacher in this case, who is represented by partners Daniel Nuzzi and Nathaniel Bessey, was accused of retaliation against the plaintiffs to, among...

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Mike Carey Confirmed to Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

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On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the Maine Senate unanimously confirmed Brann & Isaacson attorney Mike Carey to serve on the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.  The Legislature established the Commission to meet the requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Maine Constitution to provide efficient, high-quality representation to indigent criminal...

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State Tax Notes Publishes Cover Feature By Martin Eisenstein and David Swetnam-Burland

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The cover of the June 6, 2019, issue of State Tax Notes featured an article by managing partner Martin Eisenstein and partner David Swetnam-Burland, “Chaos Theory: the States’ Response to Wayfair.” The article addresses the states’ responses to the Supreme Court’s 2018 opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, in which Brann & Isaacson represented the...

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George Isaacson Addresses Michigan Bar Association

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On May 23, 2019, Senior Partner George Isaacson spoke at the 32nd Tax Conference ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) of the Michigan Bar Association in Plymouth, Michigan. In his address, “An Insider’s View: Wayfair’s Attorney Breaks Down the Decision,” Isaacson discussed the lead-up, argument, and aftermath of South Dakota v. Wayfair, which he argued...

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Ben Lund Addresses the Real Estate Institute on Entity and Fiduciary Authority

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Partner Ben Lund gave a presentation entitled, “Overview: Entity and Fiduciary Authority,” at the Real Estate Institute of the Maine State Bar Association, held on May 3-4, 2019, in Augusta. Lund’s presentation included a discussion of the minimum documentation requirements for identity and authority, and the circumstances in which more than the minimum may be...

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B&I Secures Dismissal of California Privacy Class Action Complaint

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On May 1, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative class action filed against Brann & Isaacson client, NaviStone, Inc., and New Moosejaw, LLC. NaviStone, represented by David Bertoni, David Swetnam-Burland, and Eamonn Hart, had moved to dismiss the complaint based on the plaintiff’s lack of standing and...

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B&I Wins Transfer of Copyright Dispute from Florida to Vermont

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Partner Stacy Stitham has secured a transfer of a federal lawsuit filed by Exist Inc. against Brann & Isaacson client The Vermont Country Store from Florida to Vermont. The dispute centers on Vermont Country Store’s registered “ROCK FISH” fabric design copyright. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Vermont Country Store, Exist filed a declaratory judgment...

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