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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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Martin Eisenstein, David Bertoni, and David Swetnam-Burland Speak at American Catalog Mailers Association Conference

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Brann & Isaacson attorneys addressed members of the American Catalog Mailers Association at its annual conference in Washington, DC, from April 8-10, 2019. On April 8, managing partner Martin Eisenstein spoke to the conference in a panel called, “It’s a Wayfair World Now and We All Have to Live In It.” Eisenstein discussed the state...

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Peter Lowe Provides Legal Update to Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association

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On April 9, 2019, partner Peter Lowe addressed the Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association and provided an annual update on employment law topics.  His presentation included a discussion of separation/severance agreements; workplace drug policies; new Maine laws on personnel issues;  criminal background checks; and what #MeToo means for employers. 

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Stacy Stitham Addresses Maine Crafts Association on IP Issues

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On Saturday, April 6, 2019, partner Stacy Stitham gave a presentation on “Intellectual Property Basics: How Do I Protect My Craft & My Brand?” to the Maine Crafts Association at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland. Stitham addressed legal issues affecting craftsman and artists, such as how to protect work from “copycats;” what to do about works...

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Lowe Selected as Counsel to Regional School Unit 21

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On March 18, 2019, the Board of Directors of Regional School Unit 21, which serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, selected Peter Lowe as outside counsel to advise the Board on an independent investigation of claims filed by a former employee in a matter that has attracted substantial media and community attention. Lowe frequently works with...

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Schaefer Speaks to Students at Richmond School of Law

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On March 7, 2019, partner Matthew Schaefer facilitated a mock conciliation conference and answered questions from 3L and 2L students in Professor Hayes Holderness’ State and Local Tax Law course at Richmond School of Law.  Schaefer first judged presentations made by the students in an advocacy exercise, before engaging with them in a discussion of the...

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Eisenstein and Schaefer Present at ABA-IPT 2019 Advanced Sales/Use Tax Seminar

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On March 13, 2019, Managing Partner Martin Eisenstein and Partner Matthew Schaefer presented in successive panels concerning the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. at the 2019 Advanced Sales/Use Tax Seminar jointly sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Tax Section and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.  In “Wayfair: Part 1 – Immediate Impacts,” Eisenstein...

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Bertoni and Swetnam-Burland Pen Cover Article For State Tax Notes

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Partners David Bertoni and David Swetnam-Burland have written the cover article for the March 11, 2019, issue of State Tax Notes. In their article, “Storming the Castle: Qui Tam After Sprint’s $330M Settlement” (subscription required), they examine efforts of private parties and states to use state false claims acts to bring lawsuits alleging the under-collection...

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