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House Speaker Mark Eves filed an amended lawsuit Friday against Gov. Paul LePage, further accusing the chief executive of violating his rights in the Good Will-Hinckley school hiring controversy.
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Eves’ attorney, David Webbert, said he expects from his prior discussion with LePage’s attorney in the case, Patrick Strawbridge, that the governor will first file a motion to dismiss one or both counts in the lawsuit before answering the individual factual claims in the complaint.
“It is a little different from the first one because we know the facts better,” Webbert said. “It is pretty much the governor’s own words. The case pretty much stands on his own statements.”
Webbert said that if LePage files a motion or motions to dismiss, that almost guarantees the case couldn’t reach trial before 2017.
“If he wants it to go quickly, he would file an answer. If he wants it done in 2016, that’s what he would do. The federal courts in Maine move pretty quickly,” Webbert said.
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Webbert said he took extra lengths in the amended complaint to explain why he feels federal court is the proper venue to settle Eves’ dispute with the governor. The case involves different branches of government and would affect more people than other civil disputes involving just a few individuals, he said.
“This case transcends Mark Eves. It really is an important case for all of Maine,” Webbert said.
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A lawsuit filed by a black nurse who says she was taunted on a daily basis while working at the Maine State Prison can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.
Cannell’s attorney David Webbert said Tuesday the ruling was an important one, since there has been a trend in the workplace for companies to subcontract work and then deny responsibility when discrimination occurs.
He said the prison has a poor track record and is behind the times in treatment of blacks and women in the workplace.
“I think it is pretty clear they violated the law,” said Allison Gray, a human rights attorney from Johnson Webbert and Young in Augusta, which represents Thomas.
On Thursday, Gray said that unlike what happens in many other investigations, Beauchesne did not hold conferences with the parties and only used their initial filings to make his investigative decisions.
That is “a sign of the strength of our case” and Pan Am’s liability, Gray said.
House Speaker Mark Eves addresses reporters during a press conference July 30 outside the U.S. District Court in Portland. Eves and David Webbert (right), his attorney, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage accusing him of blackmailing Good Will-Hinckley. Laura Eves (left), Mark Eves’ wife, looks on.
LePage can use up to $400,000 for private attorney to fight Eves lawsuit.
Agganis’ lawyer Allison Gray says her client will file suit in federal court this week against T-Mobile, alleging that the company subjected her to a hostile work environment based on her gender.
“What we feel is she should have been taken seriously, and instead she was silenced,” Gray says. “And that practice violates her civil rights.”
Agganis says she’s bringing suit, in part, to be a voice for those who may not feel empowered to do so.
That language adds uncertainty to the law, said David Webbert of the law firm Johnson, Webbert & Young, which specializes in employment issues. He said “primarily” has been defined as 50 percent-plus. But “substantially” is less clear, Webbert said, so opponents may turn to the courts for a definition.
Former employee Angela Agganis says she was touched inappropriately by a call center supervisor.
Angela Agganis of Waterville filed a complaint Oct. 9 in U.S. District Court in Portland, accusing the company of subjecting her to a hostile work environment based on her sex. She is represented by Allison Gray, a civil rights attorney with Johnson, Webbert and Young in Augusta.