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Dutil v. Burns, 1997 ME 1,¶ 2, 687 A.2d 639.



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This year's opinions

January 2020
Opinion # Case Date
2020 ME 5 Adoption by Stefan S. January 9, 2020
2020 ME 4 Valerie R. (Bishop-Martel) Winn v. Jean Martel January 7, 2020
2020 ME 3 In re Child of Corey B. January 7, 2020
2020 ME 2 In re Child of Philip S. January 2, 2020
2020 ME 1 In re Children of Brittany B. January 2, 2020