Things We Are Proud Of|
In 2011 Rufus Brown was the moving force in a citizen initiated rulemaking proceedings resulting in new regulations promulgated by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection lowering allowable noise limits for wind projects. In March of 2013, he prevailed to overturn a licensed granted to a windpower project in the case of Friends of Maine's Mountains v. Board of Environmental Protection, 2013 ME 25, 61 A.3d 689, on the grounds that the Board of Environmental Protection abused its discretion by refusing to apply the lower noise limits it had provisionally adopted to the project given the importance of the health issue underlying the lower limits.
In May 2007, Rufus Brown joined with his former colleagues in the Maine Attorney General's Office to successfully defend the funding for Maine's historic Dirigo Health program for persons in need of affordable health insurance before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
In June, 2006, Brown & Burke won a $3.0 million jury verdict on behalf of Deborah Galarneau against Merrill Lynch for defamation in connection with her termination from employment with the securities firm. The jury verdict was reportedly the largest of its kind in Maine.
In 2005, Brown & Burke settled a class action complaint, Susan Bouyea and Margaret Torrance v. John R. Nicholas, Commissioner, Maine Department of Health and Human Service,filed in federal court to protect the Due Process Rights of direct care workers providing care for mentally disabled patients under State care when substantiated for abuse or neglect. After extensive negotiations with the State Attorney General's Office representing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and representatives of class action of mentally disabled patients, a Consent Decree requiring the DHHS to rewrite its rules covering the substantiation of direct care workers was agreed to and accepted by the Federal Court.
In 2002, Brown & Burke negotiated a $2.0 million settlement of a complaint filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on behalf of the Chapter 7 Trustee for the Estate of Carleton Woolen Mills against Allied Textiles, a UK textile conglomerate, accusing Allied of breaching fiduciary duties owed to creditors of the bankruptcy estate, including principally its former employees.