William C. Knowles Representative Matters

Many of the cases Bill has litigated have had a significant impact well beyond the individual case. For example:

Class Action: Federal-State Medicaid Program

Rancourt, et al. v. Concannon, et al., 175 F. Supp. 2d 60 (1st Cir. 2000). Successfully brought class action on behalf of developmentally disabled individuals who were eligible for various services and treatment under Maine's Joint Federal-State Medicaid Program, alleging that rather than being provided treatment and services in a timely fashion, eligible individuals have been placed on long waiting lists for those needed services.

Colonial Ordinance Interpretation

Bell v. Town of Wells, 557 A.2d 168 (1989). Represented Town of Wells in lawsuit interpreting the Colonial Ordinance and defining rights of public over intertidal zone of Moody Beach for recreational purposes.

Constitutional Challenge: Ballots

League of Women Voters v. Gwadowsky, 966 F. Supp. 52 (D. Me. 1997). Represented Plaintiffs in successful constitutional challenges to Maine legislation requiring that a candidate's position on term limits appear on the ballot beside the candidate's name.

Constitutional Challenge: Campaign Finance

Richard E. Kennedy v. William Gardner, et al., No. C-96-574B, (D. N.H. 1998). Represented Plaintiff in a successful constitutional challenge to New Hampshire election laws on campaign financing.

EEOC: Discrimination

EEOC v. Land Air Express of New England, Docket No. CV-02-036-B-S (D.Me. 2002). Successfully represented Plaintiff-Intervenor in an action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111, et. seq., as well as Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, pursuant to a charge of discrimination she filed against the Defendants with the EEOC.

Stalking

Stinson v. Slaughter, No. CV-93-998 (Me. Super. Ct., Cumb. Cty. 1993). Represented Plaintiff in Maine's first stalking case. Jury awarded Plaintiff $550,000 in damages.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

PPP Forgivable Loan Program: How to Do the Math

(Originally published 4/2/2020, revised 4/3/2020) Thousands of articles are circulating about the new Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27. Having a general idea about how this Program...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Blog

With CARES Act, Congress provides retirement plan relief and group health plan changes

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes a number of provisions that affect retirement plan sponsors and participants. These provisions are designed to provide...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Blog

CARES Act Imposes Limits on Executive Pay over $425,000 for Businesses Seeking Financial Assistance

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the $2 trillion assistance package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law. The CARES Act provides a variety of...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

Publication/Podcast

PPP Forgivable Loan Program: An Update from the SBA

The SBA has published an interim final rule that describes the Paycheck Protection Program. This includes a useful explanation of various elements of the Program. The rule can be found online: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--IFRN FINAL.pdf...

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...