Attorney Valerie Wicks represents The National Fire Adjustment Co., who sued the Maine Bureau of Insurance last year. In its complaint, the company argued that the ban preventing public adjusters from soliciting or offering a contract to a client for 36 hours after a fire or other property loss violates free speech rights. The state argued the ban is necessary to protect consumers from uninvited contact when they are vulnerable after an accident or other traumatic event.
“Judge Walker’s First Amendment ruling protects Maine consumers who want and deserve help recovering from an unexpected tragedy like a fire or a windstorm,” Wicks said. “Judge Walker hit the nail on the head when he ruled that the government should not be standing in the way of the public’s right to expert services of public adjusters.”