There are a variety of statutes that relate to consumer matters in Maine.
In many instances, a consumer will have a claim pursuant to Title 5, Chapter 10, Maine’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. The act outlines unlawful acts and conduct, penalties and remedies. An unfair trade practices act claim is often one of many claims that are included in a lawsuit against a business.
Divorce, judicial separation, paternity and protection from abuse statutes are found in Title 19-A, Domestic Relations, of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated. These laws guide Maine judges as they determine parental rights and responsibilities, the division of assets, spousal support, child support and support enforcement.
Title 14 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated governs a variety of civil matters including those between landlords and tenants. Within Chapter 14, the laws regarding security deposits, rental property and forcible entry and detainer, otherwise known as evictions, outline numerous rights and obligations of the parties.
Maine is welcoming a new probate code as of July 1, 2019. Title 18-A of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated has largely been rewritten with numerous laws being repealed and/or rewritten.