Robert E. Dupuis et al. v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland

(Constitutionality of 2021 legislation removing the statute of limitations for "actions based upon sexual acts toward minors" when applied to claims for which the previous limitations period had expired; applicability of legislation to entities)

The Maine Judicial Branch has set up this web page to post information on the reports to the Law Court of interlocutory rulings by the Business and Consumer docket in thirteen cases against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland, all of which have been consolidated into one appeal titled Robert E. Dupuis v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland.  This page assures the public full access to information about the appeal without compromising the litigants' right to a full and fair trial. It is our goal to accommodate the media and the public to the best of our abilities.

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Case Name:
Robert E. Dupuis et al. v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland

Law Court Docket Number: 

Oral Argument
The Court heard oral argument on this matter at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. The audio recording of the argument is available using the player below.

Non-Confidential Filings and Orders:

Counsel of record:

  • For the plaintiffs:
    Michael T. Bigos, Esq.
    Timothy M. Kenlan, Esq.
    Joseph G.E. Gousse, Esq.
    Berman & Simmons PA
    PO Box 961
    Lewiston ME 04243-0961
    (207) 494-4934

  • For the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland:
    Gerald F. Petruccelli, Esq.
    James B. Haddow, Esq.
    Michael K. Martin, Esq.
    Scott D. Dolan, Esq.
    Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP
    PO Box 17555
    Portland ME 04112-8555
    (207) 775-0200

  • For the State of Maine:
    Jason D. Anton, Esq.
    Office of the Attorney General
    6 State House Station
    Augusta ME 04333-0006


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