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Insurance Law: No Duty to Indemnify Owner/Employee for Assault on Motorist

We represented an insurer before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court in an insurance coverage matter in which an owner and employee of a partnership sought indemnification for injuries he caused in an apparent road rage incident. While stopped at a traffic light on the way home from a camping trip with his son (though he claimed that he was on his way to the business), the owner/employee exited his truck, struck the victim repeatedly in his head and chest, told the victim that his driving was endangering other drivers, and informed the victim that the owner/employee was taking it upon himself to set the victim straight. The Law Court determined that even if the owner/employee was on his way to the business at the time of the incident, the assault was not “with respect to the conduct” of the business and not “within the scope of [his] employment.” As such, the owner/employee was not entitled to indemnification under the policy because he did not fall within the policy’s definition of insured at the time of the incident. Travelers Indem. Co. v. Bryant, 2012 ME 38

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Courts Expand on Rules Regarding the Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

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Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

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Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

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Verrill Trial Attorney Marie Mueller Elected as Partner

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Unanimous Supreme Court Overturns Court of Appeals in Northwestern University 403(b) Plans Excessive Fee Case

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2022 Annual Update Part 2: Romance and Relationships in the Workplace

Join Verrill for its second session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Series. Verrill attorneys Beth Smith and Liz Johnston will discuss what you need to know about workplace romances and relationships...

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Required Minimum Distributions and Missing Plan Participants

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Trademark Registrants Beware: Important U.S. Trademark Developments Can Result in Cancelled Registrations

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It’s a Small World: Navigating a Global Sweepstakes

It's a world of laughter A world of tears It's a world of hopes And a world of fears There's so much that we share That it's time we're aware It's a small world...

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Verrill Welcomes Experienced Trust & Estates, Tax Partner Ruth Mattson

(January 5, 2022) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Ruth Mattson to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. Mattson advises individuals and families on estate...

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