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Penobscot Nation v. Mills

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment in a dispute between a Native American tribe and the state of Maine concerning the tribe's regulatory jurisdiction and fishing rights along the main...

Friends of Maine's Mountains v. Board of Environmental Protection

Maine's highest court vacated a state permit authorizing the construction of a wind turbine project on Saddleback Mountain. Twenty-one days before the state environmental agency approved the permit, the state's environmental board...

Prime Tanning Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

A district court held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a leather tanning company in underlying lawsuits brought by farmers who used sludge from the company's tanning activities as fertilizer. The sludge, which the...

Friends of Lincoln Lakes v. Board of Envtl. Protection

The Maine Supreme Court upheld the Board of Environmental Protection's decision to affirm the issuance of permits to a company to construct a wind energy generation facility. A citizen group challenged the Board’s findings on the...

Maine v. McLaughlin

Maine's highest court upheld the conviction entered against an individual hired to remove contamination stemming from an oil spill after a large piece of logging equipment caught on fire. Instead of cleaning up the site, the individual...

Bangor, City of v. Citizens Communications Co.

The First Circuit affirmed a lower court's entry of a consent decree allocating certain responsibilities among a city, the state of Maine, and a telecommunications company for the cleanup of a contaminated river bed in Maine under the...

Save Our Sebasticook v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm

The court dismisses in part and denies in part a petition for judicial review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to allow an owner and operator of a hydroelectric project on the Sebasticook River in Maine to...

Maritime Energy v. Fund Ins. Review Bd.

The court upholds the decision of the state Fund Insurance Review Board that an underground storage tank (UST) installer is ineligible for reimbursement from the state's Ground Water Oil Clean-Up Fund for its costs of cleaning up...

Boothbay, Town of v. Getty Oil Co.

The court holds that under Maine law, the doctrine of res judicata bars a town from suing a gasoline company for environmental damage affecting the town's water supply insofar as the state previously litigated and settled claims against...

Houlton Citizens' Coalition v. Houlton, Town of

The court holds that a Maine town's solid waste flow-control ordinance, coupled with its grant of an exclusive hauling and disposal contract to a local contractor, does not violate the dormant U.S. Commerce Clause. The court first holds...