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Cote v. Cote

Supreme Court of Maine

June 28, 2016

ROBERT M. COTE
v.
DONALD R. COTE et al.

          Argued: April 7, 2016

         York County Superior Court docket number CV-2013-41

         On the briefs:

          Daniel R. Warren, Esq., Jones & Warren, P.A., Scarborough, for appellant Robert M. Cote

          Julia G. Pitney, Esq., and Michael T. Devine, Esq., Drummond & Drummond, LLP, Portland, for appellees Donald R. Cote and Angela Cote

          Daniel L. Cummings, Esq., Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC, Portland, for appellee Priscille J. Cote

         At oral argument:

          Elizabeth Valentine, Esq., Maine Community Law Center, Portland, for appellant Robert M. Cote

          Julia G. Pitney, Esq., for appellees Donald R. Cote and Angela Cote

          Daniel L. Cummings, Esq., for appellee Priscille J. Cote

          Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, HJELM, and HUMPHREY, JJ.

          MEAD, J.

         [¶1] Robert M. Cote appeals from a summary judgment entered by the Superior Court (York County, O'Neil, J.) in favor of Donald R. Cote, Priscille J. Cote, and Angela Cote, on Robert's complaint alleging tortious interference with an expectancy of an inheritance. On appeal, Robert contends that the court erred in concluding that he failed to adduce prima facie evidence of causation. We affirm the judgment.

         I. BACKGROUND

         [¶2] Viewed in the light most favorable to Robert, the nonmoving party, the summary judgment record contains the following evidence. See Angell v. Hallee, 2014 ME 72, ¶ 16, 92 A.3d 1154. Fernand and Pauline Cote had nine children, including the appellant, Robert, and two of the three appellees, Donald and Priscille.[1] Rene L. Cote, Paul J. Cote, Madeline T. ...


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