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Maine DEP Proposes Changes to Wetlands Rules
Verrill, June 2018

The Maine DEP is proposing changes to its wetlands rules that clarify the definition of wetlands of special significance. Wetlands of special significance (WOSS) include coastal wetlands and great ponds, as well as other freshwater wetlands. Certain qualifying attributes for Wetlands are, the presence of critical or imperiled plant communities, or location within significant wildlife habitat or a peatland...

Foreign Companies Pursuing Business in China: Proceed with Caution
Verrill, May 2018

The trade relationship between the United States and China is top of mind for many business owners, especially within the technology sector. Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government’s request to end subsidies for key industries identified by the “Made in China 2025 Initiative,” including new advanced information technology, aviation, rail, new energy vehicles, agricultural machinery, new materials and biopharma...

MarineLog Op-Ed: Freezing The Jones Act
Verrill, October 2016

Verrill Dana attorney Ben Ford authored an opinion editorial for MarineLog titled, "Freezing The Jones Act." The article discusses The Jones Act, and how it could impede U.S. involvement in Arctic development. The full article can be found on in the October issue of MarineLogand on the publication's website...

Please Don't Endorse Our Product Anymore: The Morals Clause Edition
Verrill, August 2016

Unless you've Rip Van Winkled for the past month, lost your television/iPhone/iPad, or simply given up on international competitive athletics to instead focus on the Cubbies' chase for an elusive World Series Crown, you know that US Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte's "over exaggeration" will cost him over $1 million in endorsement deals. While his contracts with these brands are secret, we can suppose that he's out because a morals clause was in his contracts...

Breaking the Ice
Verrill, August 2016

Maine delegation at the State of Maine Reception at the U.S...

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Verrill, October 2015

Yes, there is a connection between the current wrangling over deflated footballs in Federal Court in New York and your next construction arbitration. At issue in NFL v...

At Long Last, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Common Rule is Here
Verrill, October 2015

For those of us who work in the clinical research field, the last two days have been quite exciting. At long last, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Common Rule is here, and the field is alive with talk of the proposed changes and the various ways in which the changes would impact the conduct of research in the U.S. To recap the events, on Wednesday, September 2, the U.S...

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Verrill, October 2015

Yes, there is a connection between the current wrangling over deflated footballs in Federal Court in New York and your next construction arbitration. At issue in NFL v...

Indiana Discrimination Bill: A Higher Law?
Verrill, April 2015

By now you’ve likely heard about the “Indiana Discrimination Bill” that passed through the Indiana legislature on Monday after a vote of 63-31. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been described as allowing any individual or corporation to cite their religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. The intent, it would appear, was to protect business owners who did not want to serve same-sex couples...

Anthem Breach a Sign of Increased Attacks on Health Care Institutions
Verrill, March 2015

The attack on Anthem’s networks that exposed the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of as many as 80 million Anthem health insurance customers brings home the importance of cyber hygiene at the individual as well as the corporate level. On February 5, 2015, Anthem reported that cyber criminals gained access to its customer databases through sophisticated hacking techniques that involved impersonating administrator logons to run database queries and extract troves of PII...

Madness or Badness: Is Your Office NCAA Pool Illegal?
Verrill, March 2015

It doesn’t matter whether you know a basketball from a hockey puck or a three-point play from a five course meal, every March, office works across the country dutifully fill out their NCAA basketball tournament pool brackets, kick in five dollars, and hope against hope that their months-long lack of interest in college hoops is somehow an advantage in selecting the winners in 67 games. Does anyone stop to ask whether this office bracket challenge is even legal? The answer is not a simple one...

Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach
Verrill, October 2014

The high-profile data breach at Target made international news. But small and midsized businesses face the majority of cyber attacks and are even more likely to have employees mishandle data than large enterprises. All companies that handle personal information – including customer names and credit or debit card information – are vulnerable to security breaches and must comply with state and federal laws relating to data privacy and security...

How Practitioners Can Apply Legal Project Management to M&A: New Tools for New Times
Verrill, August 2014

Managing a complex project with multiple interested parties and specialists, often across borders and time zones, while subject to time and budgetary pressures, is a challenging exercise.  It demands special skills, techniques, and tools.  Just ask any manager involved in developing the next jetliner, or smart phone, or power plant.  Or you can ask an M&A lawyer. The fact of the matter is, however, that most M&A lawyers do not see themselves in such a light...

Are you Covered for That? An Intro to Title Insurance
Verrill, October 2013

Title insurance is a contract between an owner of an interest in real estate and a title insurance company, whereby the insured pays a one time premium and the insurance company provides the owner with protection against loss or damage resulting from liens, encumbrances or other defects in title. Title insurance is available and recommended for various types of real estate transactions...

FDIC Letter: Four Steps for Managing Interest Rate Risk
Verrill, October 2013

On October 8th, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter (FIL-46-2013) entitled “Managing Sensitivity to Market Risk in a Challenging Interest Rate Environment.”  The letter outlines four key areas for banks to consider in managing the risk of rising interest rates.In issuing the FIL, the FDIC noted that it was “increasingly concerned that certain institutions may not be sufficiently prepared or positioned for sustained increases in, or volatility of, interest rates...

Law Court Dismisses Appeal of Oakfield Wind Power Project
Verrill, December 2012

In a memorandum of decision issued yesterday, the Maine Supreme Court dismissed an appeal (Docket # BEP-12-225) of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection license issued to First Wind for the construction of the 150-MW Oakfield Wind Power project.  The opinion, issued just two weeks after the Court heard oral argument, did not reach the merits of the appeal, which consisted of a single claim that the visual impact standard applied to wind power projects is unconstitutionally vague...

New Litigation Trend: How Using Unpaid Interns Could Cost You Later
Verrill, February 2012

As the weather outside becomes less frightful, many employers are beginning to think about their summer internship programs.  Likewise, with the economy showing signs of recovery many employers are even thinking about expanding their businesses, which means more job opportunities...



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