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United States First Circuit

Dinan v. Alpha Networks, Inc., 13-1976

In this sales commission dispute between plaintiff-employee, a resident of Maine, and defendant-employer, a California-based company, the district court’s decision to apply California law, instead of choosing to apply the Maine wage payment law, is vacated and remanded where: 1) despite the choice-of-law provision in the written agreement calling for application of California law in certain disputes, determination of the correct choice of law here is not straightforward; and 2) Maine’s highest court would most likely deem plaintiff entitled to the fully array of remedies set forth in Maine’s wage payment law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/20/2014
  • Published 08/20/2014




  • United States First Circuit


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