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Peter Brann Teaches Ethics to Government Lawyers

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Partner Peter Brann co-taught an ethics seminar to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on May 20, 2022. The seminar addressed the varying roles that different members of the AG’s office perform. Along with his co-teacher in the seminar, former Maine Attorney General Jim Tierney, Brann has been co-teaching a class entitled The Role of...

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Martin Eisenstein and Jamie Szal’s Article on Taxation of Blockchain Featured in Tax Notes State

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The April 7, 2022, cover article for Tax Notes State is by managing partner Martin Eisenstein and partner Jamie Szal, who write on how to “Step into the Brave New SALT World of Blockchain” (subscription required). After discussing what Blockchain and NFTs are, they dive into an analysis of how these technologies might fit (or...

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David Bertoni and Eamonn Hart to Teach Advanced Civil Procedure at University of Maine Law School

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David Bertoni and Eamonn Hart will offer a course on “Advanced Civil Procedure” at the University of Maine Law School beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. The course will focus on issues in complex civil litigation, with a particular focus on class actions. Topics will include the theories underlying class actions, the applicable rules and...

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Federal Circuit Affirms B&I Victory for PetSmart in Patent Case

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After hearing oral argument from David Swetnam-Burland on Monday, March 7, 2022, days later, on Thursday, March 10, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals summarily affirmed the dismissal of a patent infringement case brought by Modern Font Applications, LLC against PetSmart in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. After offering Modern Font...

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Nathaniel Bessey and Jamie Szal Pen Cover Article for Tax Notes State

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Tax Notes State has featured an article by partners Nathaniel Bessey and Jamie Szal on the cover of the January 10, 2022, issue. In “The Local Disadvantage,” Bessey and Szal discuss the disparate approaches states and localities with highly complex local tax systems have taken in the aftermath of the Supreme Court opinion in South...

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Peter Brann Again Offering Popular Harvard Law School Course

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For the Spring 2022 term, partner Peter Brann will once again be offering his course at the Harvard Law School on “The Role of the State Attorney General,” co-taught with James Tierney, the former Maine Attorney General. Brann and Tierney have taught this class at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Law Schools for over ten years...

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Brann & Isaacson Lawyers File Motion to Dismiss ADA Website Lawsuit

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Internet retailers and others have faced thousands of lawsuits across the country claiming that their websites are not accessible and thus violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Because the plaintiffs usually price settlements at less than the cost of responding to the lawsuit, most companies settle them even though they believe their websites are accessible,...

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Jamie Szal Doubly Featured in Maine Bar Journal

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The most recent issue of the Maine Bar Journal features not one, but two articles written by B&I attorney Jamie Szal. In the first, “People Like to Do Business with People: Digital Networking and Community Building,” Szal recounts her successful experience using online networks such as LinkedIn to develop and strengthen relationships with existing and...

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Brann & Isaacson Announces Charitable Contributions To Honor Clients, Friends, and Community

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As we face a second Covid-19 winter, Brann & Isaacson once again is making contributions to nonprofit charities that serve our community. We hope these donations will provide immediate assistance to those who are most in need of food and shelter. These contributions are going to the Trinity Jubilee Center, which addresses unmet needs of...

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Martha Greene Honored for Pro Bono Work by Maine Supreme Judicial Court

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On December 1, 2021, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court recognized Brann & Isaacson partner Martha Greene for her commitment to providing legal services to underserved communities by awarding her Katahdin Counsel status. The Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program honors Maine attorneys who have completed 50 or more hours of pro bono legal work, meaning work on...

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