Firm Suing over Price of Document Access

Currently it costs $2 – $4 per page to download pages from the Register of Deeds of the Counties that post them. This company is challenging those rates.

An official with MacImage of Maine LLC said Wednesday that his firm filed a court complaint late Tuesday afternoon accusing 13 counties in the state of violating the state’s Freedom of Access Law. The complaint, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, names Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York counties as defendants. MacImage is not suing Piscataquis County because that county has agreed to provide the firm with electronic copies of all of the documents filed in its Registry of Deeds. According to Linda Smith, registrar of deeds in Piscataquis County, the county avoided being sued by agreeing to have its online database contractor, Affiliated Computer Services, charge MacImage a bulk rate of 2½ cents for each page.

via Bangor Daily News.

Small Claims Limit Raised to $6000

The maximum amount of a claim that can be brought to the Small Claims court is now $6000, up from $4500.

Title 14, §7482: Definition of a small claim:

Notwithstanding the total amount of a debt or contract, a “small claim” means a right of action cognizable by a court if the debt or damage does not exceed $6,000 exclusive of interest and costs. It does not include an action involving the title to real estate.

See here for more on Small Claims in Maine.