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

Matter

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...

Event

Boston Bar Association Virtual CLE: The New 2021 Child Support Guidelines in Practice

On Monday, December 6 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM Verrill attorney David Friedman will be speaking at the Boston Bar Association's Virtual CLE: The New 2021 Child Support Guidelines in Practice. David and the other...

News

The Boston Globe on Federal Prosecutor Joining Verrill

Publication/Podcast

Connecticut Supreme Court Rejects Tough Delaware Standard in Allowing Member Inspections of Manager-Managed LLC Books and Records – Or Does It?

Before allowing the inspection of corporate books and records, Delaware courts require a shareholder seeking information about possible mismanagement to come forward with evidence demonstrating a reasonable basis to suspect mismanagement. [1] In Benjamin...

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High-Profile Former U.S. Department of Justice Prosecutor, David Lazarus, Joins Verrill’s Health Care and Life Sciences Practice

(November 29, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome David Lazarus to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Lazarus is a former Department...

Event

Medicare's Future: Improving Health Equity and Implications for Employers

On Wednesday, December 15th at 2 pm join the National Academy of Social Insurance , Verrill , the New England Council , and the Massachusetts Hospital Association for a virtual discussion on the future...

Blog

California’s AB 488: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like But You Can Never Leave

The State of California is getting a firm grip on regulating charitable sales promotions with its new law AB 488 which passed in October 2021 and will become effective January 1, 2023 (in order...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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

Publication/Podcast

Breaking: OSHA Releases Emergency Temporary Standard for Employers with 100 or More Employees

Blog

You Are Here: A Mall Directory for Healthcare Transparency Requirements

The old adage “you can’t get where you’re going unless you know where you are” has never seemed more true than when applied to the current mélange of healthcare transparency guidance. Fortunately, a fading...

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