In December 2022 we filed a complaint against the Maine EMS, on behalf of terminated Frist Responders across the State. This marked our second lawsuit, and our first major legal challenge. Our strategy was to work through the process and aim for the higher courts.
On October 3, 2023, we took a major step when we hand delivered our Appellant Brief to the Maine State Supreme Court.
A few days ago, we were notified that the court has requested that oral arguments be presented! To that end, they have scheduled our hearing for:
February 6, 2024, at 10:40am
At the Supreme Judicial Center in Augusta
We are the second case on the docket that day. It is our understanding that it will be open to the public, so we hope as many people as possible come show their support.
It has been a full year since we began this particular fight. As we approach this milestone with abated breath, we find ourselves in quiet reflection. We knew this case would be long, and likely complicated. Although admittedly we underestimated just how complicated it would be at times. It didn’t take long though, before it was abundantly clear.
Before we had even officially filed this suit, we had to first serve the State. Within a day of the State receiving our service, Exec. Director, Tiffany Kreck, received a phone call from a long time Democrat Senator. She recalls he expressed interest in working with HCM on a bill to repeal the EMS mandate. The caveat of course being that we drop our case. The choice was clear, but not difficult. Drop the case and work on a bill with no guarantee it will even pass? Or continue on with our lawsuit. We made our choice, and continued to move forward with bemusement at the interaction.
The day we filed the complaint, we had three media outlets lined up to cover the case. One of them was a conservative outlet supportive of the movement. We sent the complaint to the conservative outlet first. We even gave them three days lead to break the story before sending it to the others. Unfortunately, it seemed all three outlets had decided not to cover this case after all.
In fact, for the first time in HCM’s existence, the media in Maine stopped covering us at all. They have not covered our efforts, events, developments, or victories. After four years of consistent media coverage, the media in Maine seemingly won’t even say our names now. But still, we moved forward, with slight disappointment in the situation.
Things such as these would continue for the duration of the case. We took it all in stride and continued to move forward. Everything leading up to this moment, where we have our first real chance at change. This moment that could conclude this journey, and grant justice to our First Responders. We will either win, or we will again continue forward with an appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Regardless of the outcome on February 6, we have been incredibly proud of our work in this case.
We are so incredibly proud of our team, and we are deeply honored that our First Responders have trusted us to take up this fight for them.
Finally, we are so incredibly grateful to each of you that have supported our work and allowed us to continue to do it.
It is only because of the generous support and contributions of our community that we are the only organization in the State of Maine with a legal team and the ability to pursue these cases. So, thank you all, deeply.