Norman Hanson & DeTroy Attorneys Receive Honors from Best Lawyers

Norman, Hanson & DeTroy is proud to announce that fourteen of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal provision. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey comprising of nearly… Read more »

NH&D Recognized by Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners USA 2019 has recognized NH&D as a Top Firm in the category Litigation: General Commercial. Additionally the following NH&D attorneys have received the “Ranked Lawyer” distinction in the publication: Emily A. Bloch – Maine Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance Jonathan W. Brogan – Maine Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance Mark G. Lavoie… Read more »

Immunity for Physicians Who Criticize Their Peers

By Christopher C. Taintor, Esq. Section 2511 of the Maine Health Security Act grants immunity from suit to physicians (and some others) “for making any report or other information available to any . . . professional competence committee . . .  committee pursuant to law.”  A “professional competence committee” is any committee which has “responsibility… Read more »

NHD’s Robert P. Cummins is Appointed to the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Last week (June 2019), the Legislature approved all eight of Governor Mills’ nominations to the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. The new Commissioners include: the Honorable Joshua A. Tardy of Newport; the Honorable Michael Carey of Lewiston; Robert C. LeBrasseur of Sabattus; Sarah A. Churchill of Windham; Mary J. Zmigrodski of Vassalboro; Robert P…. Read more »

WC Appellate Division Decision issued on June 7, 2019 – Termination Due to Cause from Post-Injury Employment

Termination Due to Cause from Post-Injury Employment A recently issued Appellate Division case provides some clarity to the murky question as to what effect, if any, does termination due to cause have on the analysis of an injured worker’s post-injury earning capacity. In O’Leary v. Northern Maine Medical Center, the employee sustained a 2011 back… Read more »

WC Appellate Division Decision issued on May 14, 2019 – Social Security Retirement Benefits and 14-Day Violation

Social Security Retirement Benefits and 14-Day Violation The Appellate Division recently issued a notable decision in a case titled Butler v. City of Portland.  This decision addresses two issues:  (1) the applicability of the Social Security retirement benefit authorized under the coordination of benefits provision in §221; and (2) whether a 14 day violation exists… Read more »

The First Circuit Significantly Expands the Scope and Reach of the Maine Human Rights Act

By Devin W. Deane, Esq. In a recent decision, Roy v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC, 914 F.3d 52 (1st Cir. 2019), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit significantly expanded the scope and reach of employer and non-employer liability under the Maine Human Rights Act (“MHRA”).  Addressing “unresolved questions of Maine Law,”… Read more »

Breach of Home Construction Contracts Act Does Not Entitle Homeowner To Substantial Damages or Recovery of All Attorney’s Fees Incurred in Prosecuting Claim

By Matthew T. Mehalic, Esq., CPCU In John Sweet II v. Carl E. Breivogel et al., 2019 ME 18 (Jan. 29, 2019), the Law Court looked at the connection between the Home Construction Contracts Act (HCCA) and the Unfair Trade Practice Act (UTPA).  The case arose out of the home construction of a timber frame… Read more »

No Insurance Coverage for Doctors Who Snoop in Patient Records

By Christopher C. Taintor In Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine v. Burka, the First Circuit Court of Appeals addressed a question that has come up with increasing frequency in recent years: what liability insurance coverage, if any, is available to a doctor (or other health care professional) who uses a hospital’s electronic medical record… Read more »

Decision to Discharge Patient Appropriate and Medical Malpractice Prelitigation Screening Panel Not Equivalent to Trial

By Matthew T. Mehalic, Esq., CPCU In Randy N. Oliver, II et al. v. Eastern Maine Medical Center, 2018 ME 123 (August 21, 2018), the Law Court addressed whether EMMC was negligent when it discharged an individual despite contrary instructions given by the individual’s limited guardians to the hospital.  The Superior Court entered judgment in… Read more »