Joe Campolo

Campolo’s Negotiation Blog

  • Negotiating Marine Corps Style

    By Joseph N. Campolo, Esq. Email Joe April 27, 2017 It’s always a source of pride and amazement for me how applicable the lessons I learned in the Marine Corps are to so many aspects of civilian life.   Indeed, many of the eleven Marine Corps leadership principles lend themselves perfectly to preparing for and engaging in a negotiation, another one of my favorite subjects.  Before combat, Marines diligently prepare and train. The same type of persistent preparation is needed for a successful negotiation.  Here are a few leadership principles from my experience serving as a U.S. Marine that inform my approach to every ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Patrick McCormick, Esq.

McCormick’s Real Estate Litigation Blog

  • Next Slide, Please: The Use of PowerPoints at Trial

    By Patrick McCormick, Esq. Email Pat April 27, 2017 PowerPoint presentations have become a staple of law school classes, business presentations, and educational seminars – so it’s no surprise that they have also made their way into the courtroom.  But at what point does a PowerPoint cross the line from helpful to harmful?  The Court of Appeals recently addressed this question in People v. Williams, 2017 WL 1216063, 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 02588, a criminal case that is still informative in commercial and other civil matters. People v. Williams stems from a violent encounter in 2009 in which the defendant allegedly broke into the ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Jeffrey Basso, Esq. Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

Basso’s Business Litigation Blog

  • Sanctions Issued Against Party for Spoliation of Evidence

    By Jeffrey Basso, Esq. Email Jeff     Published in The Suffolk Lawyer, April 2017 A crucial issue for any business named in a lawsuit or that is on notice that it will be named in a lawsuit is the preservation of evidence, specifically electronically stored information (“ESI”).  Attorneys will typically send “litigation hold” letters to their own clients or opposing parties in litigation to ensure that all steps are taken to preserve all documents and ESI that could be relevant to the litigation.  Essentially, businesses are instructed that nothing should be deleted, removed, modified, etc. by anyone within the company while the litigation is pending.  ...

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    Monday, February 27th, 2017

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Martin Glass

Glass’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Blog

  • Secondary Reasons to Protect Your Assets

    By Martin Glass, Esq. Email Marty April 27, 2017 In past articles I’ve discussed some key reasons to try to protect your assets – namely, protection from the cost of estate taxes and long-term care.  However, there are other less widespread but nevertheless important events and situations in which you need to try to protect your assets.  These include bankruptcy, litigation, and divorce. Attorneys such as myself look at each of these events and try to figure out how we can minimize the financial damage these events could cause our clients.  For example, if you are single, or married for 40+ years, the odds ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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M&A Blog

  • Abracadabra! Delaware Court Does Away with “Magic Words” for Valid Anti-Reliance Provisions

    By David Hoeppner, Esq. February 18, 2016 Integration clauses typically state that an agreement is the entire and only agreement between parties, superseding any prior written or oral agreements.  Similarly, “anti-reliance” language provides that the only representations on which the parties relied in deciding to enter the contract are those within the contract itself.  Integration and anti-reliance clauses are commonly found in M&A agreements and contracts for other complicated transactions.  The rationale behind such language is to limit a party’s recourse for misrepresentations made outside the agreement.  The enforceability of such clauses varies by jurisdiction.  As a recent Delaware Court of Chancery ...

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

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Lauren Kanter-Lawrence

Kanter’s Scotus Blog

  • Campolo, Middleton & McCormick Petitions U.S. Supreme Court in Fair Housing Act Case

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Suffolk County’s premier law firm, has filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Safe Harbor Retreat, a residence in East Hampton, New York, for individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  The May 18, 2016 petition asks the nation’s highest court to settle a split among the circuit courts as to when the denial of an applicant’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act becomes justiciable. “The question presented by this case is of critical import to the millions of disabled Americans who are denied equal enjoyment ...

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    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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William McDonald, Esq.

McDonald’s Healthcare Blog: “Stark Raving Mad”

  • Providers, Take Note: Cigna Increases Its Recovery Efforts

    By William McDonald, Esq. Email Bill March 30, 2017 Long Island medical providers have learned that Cigna is once again striving to “recover” payments made to them. Cigna’s investigation focuses primarily on out-of-network providers, since it believes that its contract language with self-funded ERISA plans entitles it to recover payments made for out-of-network services. Cigna employs a classic flanking maneuver to box in the targeted providers.  It begins by sending letters to its members who have received services at out-of-network providers. The letter asks about services provided, the dates such services were provided, and whether the member paid any co-pay or co-insurance payment to ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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William McDonald, Esq.

McDonald’s Criminal Defense Blog

  • New Treasury Efforts to Fight Money Laundering Through New York Real Estate

    By William McDonald, Esq. January 22, 2016 To combat the scourge of money laundering from transnational criminal syndicates, the United States Treasury has issued new Geographic Targeting Orders (“GTOs”) to Manhattan and Miami Dade County requiring title insurance companies to reveal beneficial owners of entities purchasing real estate for cash. GTOs are directives with limited duration issued by the Secretary of Treasury through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FINCEN”) and are authorized under the Bank Secrecy Act (31 USC 5326).  After passage of the Patriot Act, TROs, by definition, last for 180 days. The January 13, 2016 announcement from FINCEN specifies that this GTO ...

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    Monday, January 25th, 2016

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Eryn Truong, Esq.

Truong’s Intellectual Property Blog

  • “Fearless Girl” and “Charging Bull” Square Off

    By Eryn Truong, Esq. Email Eryn April 27, 2017 Last month, on International Women’s Day, the “Fearless Girl” statue was installed in New York City’s Financial District as a symbol of female empowerment, standing opposite the iconic “Charging Bull” statue that has come to symbolize Wall Street.  However, earlier this month, the sculptor who created the “Charging Bull” said “Fearless Girl” violates his copyright and subverts the bull’s meaning. The “Charging Bull” was created 30 years ago after the stock market crash to convey a positive, optimistic message.  The sculptor of the bull, Arturo Di Modica, says that it carries a meaning of “freedom ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Yermash’s Labor And Employment Blog

  • New York Attorney General Pushes Back on Non-Compete Agreements

        Published in the Hauppauge Reporter, January 2017 By Arthur Yermash, Esq. Email Arthur It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare: an employee leaves to work for a competitor, and tucked into the boxes in which he’s packing his diplomas and photos are your customer lists and confidential information. Enter a non-compete agreement, which prohibits the employee from working for a rival company for a specified amount of time after leaving your employ.  Traditionally, employers have used non-compete agreements as tools to protect their interests with respect to high-level employees with specific skills and those with access to highly valuable information such as trade secrets and customer ...

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    Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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Eisenbud’s Environmental Blog

  • What You Should Know About Pesticides on Your Lawn

    This month I’m pleased to share an article by my colleague Lilia Factor that recently appeared in the Suffolk Lawyer addressing considerations regarding pesticide use.  —Fred Eisenbud E-mail Lilia Published in Suffolk Lawyer, April 2016 Spring is here and with it, our thoughts turn to battling weeds.  To wage our battles, we often hire landscapers and, after signing the contract, put our trust in these people to ensure that our lawns stay lush green and dandelion-free.  However, what many homeowners do not realize is that the use and application of pesticides by commercial providers is highly regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ...

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    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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Marc Alessi

Alessi’s Startups Blog

  • Entrepreneurs: These Networking Blunders Can Cost You

    By Marc Alessi, Esq. E-mail Marc April 25, 2016 Successful entrepreneurs know that having a strong network behind them is critical. Done well, networking is hard but important work.  There’s no shortage of mixers, parties, meetings, and lectures to attend, and most professionals, business owners, and job seekers have no problem showing up.  But too many people think they’ve done their job just by walking in.  They pass the time by traveling in a pack with the people they came with, lingering by the food table, or checking Facebook on their phone.   At the other extreme are those who interrupt conversations and make requests ...

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    Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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