Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Appellate Rule 2A(d) now allows parties to order transcripts for an appeal through an online order form. Previously, the online order form could only be used to order transcripts for a party’s own reference. The online order form can be found at . The Advisory Note to the revised Rule 2A(d) makes it clear that the Judicial Branch prefers use of the online form, as it makes the process of ordering and producing the... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
The Local Rules Advisory Committee proposes a few minor changes to the Maine federal district court’s Local Rules. The changes primarily affect the procedure under Local Rule 26 to request a hearing when parties are unable to resolve a discovery dispute themselves. Under the new rule, parties must confer about the exact discovery materials to be submitted with the request for a hearing. The request itself would be submitted electronically using a form provided by... More
Daniel Kagan, Berman & Simmons
Berman & Simmons is proud to recognize the national leadership of one of its attorneys, Daniel Kagan , as he celebrates his 20th year as a governor for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) , the preeminent national organization for trial lawyers. “It is such an honor to serve the cause of civil justice through AAJ leadership,” Kagan said. “I have seen first-hand that Maine’s trial lawyers are among the country’s best, advocating with wisdom,... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Effective February 14, Maine Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b) has been amended to clarify that any party may record a deposition by any means, provided the recording does not disrupt or impede the deposition process. A party may record the deposition by videotape, after giving written notice to every other party. The rule does not specify how much notice should be given, for instance a day or a week. As the Advisory Note points out,... More
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, will donate $2,500 this year to Tree Street Youth, a non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged young people in Lewiston-Auburn. Located at 144 Howe St. in Lewiston, Tree Street Youth has a high school graduation rate of 100 percent as well as a college acceptance rate of 95 percent. They have served more than 800 kids speaking 14 different languages since its... More
Attorney Robert Furbish of Berman & Simmons has been added as a co-author of the 2018 edition of Maine Tort Law, the definitive reference guide for civil litigators statewide, published by LexisNexis and released in late December. This new edition marks the 25th anniversary of Maine Tort Law as an essential resource for attorneys, summarizing the legal requirements of tort causes of action recognized in Maine courts. Furbish is one of three principal authors for... More
The attorneys and staff members at Berman & Simmons are proud to contribute their time and financial donations to three local organizations during the 2017 holiday season: Lewiston Child and Family Services ; Greater Androscoggin Humane Society ; and McMahon Elementary School . ● The Office of Child & Family Services seeks safety, well-being and permanent homes for children who are homeless due to child abuse or other unsafe conditions. Their mission is to keep... More
PORTLAND, Maine , Dec. 19, 2017 – A judge has ordered a Florida businessman to pay an elderly Maine couple $338,000 for serious injuries caused by a defective wheelchair lift he sold to them on eBay. Marion Murphy, 83, of Westbrook suffered three broken bones in her back in 2015 when the wheelchair lift collapsed, dropping her nearly four feet to a concrete floor in her garage. Attorney Daniel Kagan of Berman & Simmons filed... More
LEWISTON, Maine , Dec. 14, 2017 – Attorney Elizabeth Kayatta , a Maine native who has spent the past five years in Boston representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases and other civil disputes, has joined the Berman & Simmons law firm. She will represent plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and other civil litigation matters. Kayatta grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She attended Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Boston... More
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project , Maine’s only statewide provider of free and low-cost legal assistance to immigrants and refugees, selected Berman & Simmons as the Pro Bono Firm of the Year for 2017. In addition, ILAP named Berman & Simmons attorney Alicia Curtis as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. The awards were presented at the Maine State Bar Association’s Legal Year in Review on November 16 at the Augusta Civic Center. They... More

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