Maine Revised Statutes

§2707. Civil liability for damages to utility property

A person may not intentionally, knowingly or recklessly damage, destroy or tamper with property of a utility having no reasonable grounds to believe that the person has a right to do so if such conduct creates a risk of interruption or impairment of services rendered to the public or causes a substantial interruption or impairment of services rendered to the public. A person who violates this section is liable in a civil action to the utility owning the property affected for: [2007, c. 553, §3 (NEW).]

1. Cost of repair or replacement.   The cost of repair or replacement of the utility property, as necessary;
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2. Other costs.   All other reasonable costs to the utility, including attorney's fees and costs of undertaking and completing the investigation resulting in a determination of liability under this section; and
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3. Civil penalty.   A civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 due and payable to the utility for each violation of this section.
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2007, c. 553, §3 (NEW).