The year 2017 was an incredibly dynamic year for our business law and intellectual property law practice.
We represented Tom Holden and John Benoit with respect to the sale of the Holden Agency to Cross Insurance. The Holden Agency had been a client of ours for over 20 years. So we were thrilled to see the agency sold to a Maine based operator, and we were very pleased to see Tom and John rewarded for their many years of hard work and superb service to their customers.
We concluded an 8 year effort representing RJ Grondin & Sons on the New England Expedition property in Scarborough, Maine. During the recession, the owner of the NEE property failed to pay RJ Grondin over $2 million for construction services. We represented RJ Grondin in a mechanic lien action which resulted in RJ Grondin and other creditors taking title to the NEE property and then working together to sell the property. In the fall of 2017, we represented the group on the sale of the property to Ben Devine who was approved for a large apartment project on the site.
We represented Brays’ Brewing Company on the sale of their restaurant and Brewpub located in Naples, Maine. Bray’s was another client whom we represented from startup to sale of their business.
We represented Compass Rose Events, Inc. as it changed its ownership structure to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). This was the third ESOP we worked on in the past 2 years.
We represented Saco Island West, LLC in the successful permitting of a micro-apartment complex in building 3 of Saco Island. This was the final piece in the liquidation of the Saco Island project that we started working on over 7 years ago.
We represented a landlord client in a trial for breach of a lease. The client experienced significant lease damages during the eviction process but also obtained new long term tenants prior to the trial. So the determination of damages was challenging, and we prevailed with a judgment in our client’s favor.
We represented the Teamsters Union on the sale of their South Portland real estate and the acquisition of their new office in South Portland.
We represented the Lincolnville Lobstermen’s Association in connection with new harbor regulations at Lincolnville Beach. In that capacity, we were able to preserve the Lincolnville pier as a commercial pier.
We also represented Maine Scallop Company with scallop farm startup in Casco Bay, including obtaining tax credits and a LPA lease. We also started work on a Penobscot Bay scallop farm lease.
We represented Reed & Reed, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of PLC, a New Hampshire based electrical transmission line contractor.
We represented Casco Bay Vending with the acquisition of Canteen Service’s vending division and Pine State Trading’s vending division. These acquisitions resulted in Casco Bay Vending becoming the largest vending company in the State of MaIne. Casco Bay Vending was recognized by the Finance Authority of Maine for being “business of the year” due to the preservation of Maine jobs.
We represented Player Design, Inc. of Presque Isle Maine on commercial burner projects.
We represented Augusta Redevelopment, LLC on the redevelopment of the Augusta Hospital building.
We successfully represented clients in two different lawsuits where the plaintiffs attempted to “pierce the corporate” veil to seek liability against our individual clients for corporate debts. We prevailed on summary judgment in one of the cases and settled the other on favorable terms at mediation.
We successfully litigated a trademark infringement case for a Canadian based hydro-power construction services company relating to their tradename that was used by a competitor in the State of Maine.
We worked on a joint venture involving bringing Hydro-Quebec power to the New England market.
We also continued to work on multiple wind farm projects.
During 2017, we served a registered agent or clerk for over 175 Maine companies and dealt with all issues that arose with those companies.
With our intellectual property affiliate, Bohan Mathers, we filed 47 patent applications and 69 trademark applications during 2017.
2017 was a great year for our business law and intellectual law practice and we enjoyed providing effective legal services to each of our clients.