Jennifer Archer obtains L-1A (intracompany transferee) approval for new Maine business. When the United States Embassy in Singapore incorrectly halted visa processing for her clients based upon its mistaken belief that L-1A visas are not available for newly-established offices, Jennifer Archer re-filed the L-1A petition with the Vermont Service Center and received a second approval. This approval confirms Ms. Archer’s interpretation of the regulations and will allow the new Maine business to commence operations.
Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman is pleased to welcome Robert E. Crowley to the firm following his retirement as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court. Bob served the Maine Courts for 27 years as a Superior Court Justice (1993-2010), District Court Judge (1987-1993), and Probate Judge (1983-1987), presiding over a wide variety of civil and criminal trials. In his practice at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, Bob will be available to conduct private trials, arbitration, mediation, and early neutral evaluation of cases.
Jennifer Archer successfully terminates two removal proceedings based upon previously-approved derivative asylee petitions.
John McArdle will be giving a national seminar for attorneys in December on the topic of Better Depositions
On August 27, 2010, Lauri Boxer-Macomber will speak at a National Business Institute Family Law Seminar on the topic of alternative dispute resolution in family law and domestic partnership cases. As part of the seminar, Lauri will give an overview of the different alternative dispute resolution processes available to attorneys and their clients. In addition, she will discuss the rules of evidence and civil procedure as they relate to confidentiality, offers of settlement and the mediation process. Lauri will also provide tips for effectively preparing for mediation and drafting clear and legally sound settlement agreements. For more information on the seminar and/or to register for the seminar, please go to: www.nbi-sems.com.
In May 2010, Jennifer Archer prevailed on the appeal of an Application for Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) to the United States Department of Labor.
A Maine hospital hired an IT professional who had a noncompete agreement with a computer consulting firm. The consulting firm brought a claim in Superior Court against the IT professional for breach of the noncompete agreement, and against the hospital for tortious interference with the noncompete agreement. Attorney Duddy got the claims against the hospital and the IT professional dismissed with prejudice and without any payment to the plaintiff.
Tim Norton, Barry Zimmerman, John Kelly and Terry Duddy have been named to the 2010 list of “New England Super Lawyers”. Only five percent of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont attorneys are chosen each year for this designation.
In a complex Medicaid reimbursement case against the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services and the Director of the Office of Vermont Health Access, defendants tried to compel Springfield Hospital to join an additional twelve hospitals as necessary parties. In response, Attorneys Duddy and Boxer-Macomber offered several compelling legal arguments for not joining these additional parties. The U.S. District Court agreed with Springfield Hospital’s opposition memorandum and denied the joinder motion filed by the state defendants.
A Maine hospital extended over $20,000 in educational benefits to a hospital employee to obtain a nursing degree, in exchange for a promise to work at the hospital for five years after obtaining the degree. The nurse left employment early, and refused to repay the unforgiven portion of her educational loan. The hospital brought an action in Superior Court for breach of contract, costs, and attorney fees. The Superior Court agreed with Attorney Duddy that the hospital was more likely than not to prevail on the merits, and granted Attorney Duddy’s motion for attachment and attachment on trustee process.