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Maine Coastline Owners Protected From Commercial Seaweed Harvesting

May 16, 2019 Media Mentions

On May 16, 2019, the Island Institute published an article, "Seaweed Ruling Hinged on Property Rights, Definition of Plant." The article discusses the court ruling that owners of Maine's coastline are protected from unauthorized commercial seaweed harvesting within the intertidal zone of their shorefront property. It states that the Maine high court's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court is a possibility, but not likely. Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the article, "I've heard talk of a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, but there's no legitimate basis for the Supreme Court to hear an appeal."

To read Island Institute's full article, click here.

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61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named "Lawyer of the Year,"...

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Bingham Wind Project

Verrill's environmental team successfully permitted the Bingham Wind project, which at 185 MW is the largest wind power project in New England. The project includes fifty-six 3.3 MW Vestas turbines, a transmission line, an...

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Verrill Trial Attorneys Again Recognized as “Local Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Litigation

(October 30, 2019) – Eight Verrill attorneys have once again been recognized for their litigation skills in Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 edition . In addition to the firm’s eight individual rankings, both Karen Frink Wolf...

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Real Estate Law: Ambiguities in Ancient Deeds to Kennebunkport Beach Resolved in Favor of Town

We represented coastal landowners in a high-profile appeal before the Maine Supreme Court, in which the Town of Kennebunkport claimed ownership of Goose Rocks Beach against numerous homeowners whose deeds described property down to...

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Saving Seaweed Via Maine Property Law

On June 13, 2019, Law360 published environmental attorney Gordon Smith's article, "Saving Seaweed Via Maine Property Law." Gordon discusses Ross v. Acadian Seaplants Ltd. , a decision by the Maine Supreme Court, where conservation-minded...

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Verrill Voices: Newsflash - Rockweed Not a Fish

In this episode of Verrill Voices, environmental attorneys Gordon Smith and Scott Anderson discuss how private property rights could save the world, or at least the coast of Maine, when the fate of ecologically...

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Maine Supreme Court Decides Seaweed Is a Plant, Not a Fish

After deliberating for a year and a half in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has unanimously held that rockweed, a type of seaweed that grows on rocks in the intertidal...

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Solar Energy: Acquisition of Grid-Scale Project in Brunswick, Maine

Verrill represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a newly built $2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine. The array, which was developed by ReVision Energy and went online in January 2018, will provide...

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Verrill Helps Gardiner Water District Secure Land for a New Water Tank

For roughly one year, Verrill worked with longtime client Gardiner Water District, and its engineering firm Wright-Pierce, to secure land to allow the Water District to construct a one million gallon water tank in...