CMM Legal Blog

Should You Loan Your Children Money?

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: July 28th, 2017

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I’m amazed at how many times clients tell me that they loaned money to one of their children and now they want to somehow add that into their estate plan.  I ask them if it was a loan or a gift.  They of course say that it was a loan, but have absolutely no paperwork […]

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Ban on “Disparaging” Trademarks Struck Down

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: July 28th, 2017

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On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 70-year-old provision under the Lanham Act that barred the federal registration of disparaging trademarks.  In Matal v. Tam (15-1293), the Court held that that the disparagement clause was an unconstitutional restriction on speech and the U.S. government cannot refuse to register a trademark based […]

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Thinking Positively About International Compliance

By: Jack Harrington, Esq.

Posted: July 28th, 2017

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Companies tend to think about corporate functions as one of two things: a revenue center or a cost center.  An employee or division of a company either makes money or costs money. Human Resources, for instance, is typically considered a supporting function: a cost center.  A sales team, by contrast, is a revenue center.  Companies […]

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Human Beings, Reaching Out for Help

By: Melissa Sidor, Esq.

Posted: July 19th, 2017

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I am an attorney and recently had the privilege of spending three weeks in Greece volunteering legal services to refugees who had fled unimaginable violence and deprivation from barely functioning nation states. While there, I met and helped refugees from many different Middle Eastern and African countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, the Democratic […]

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Supreme Court Settles Important Taking Question

By: Frederick Eisenbud, Esq.

Posted: June 29th, 2017

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On June 23, 2017, in Murr v. Wisconsin, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed whether adjacent properties owned by the same owner may be combined for purposes of determining if there has been a regulatory taking without compensation. The Court ruled that a Wisconsin regulation preventing the owners of two adjacent parcels from selling or developing […]

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Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation: Headed to the Supreme Court?

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: June 26th, 2017

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The Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in 2010, established a program for whistleblowing related to securities and commodities law violations.  It created a private cause of action for whistleblowers to sue their employers for retaliation after reporting company misconduct.  However, federal circuit courts are split as to when employees are eligible for anti-retaliation protection under […]

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And the Scams Keep Coming

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: June 26th, 2017

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About a year ago I wrote about scams, mainly those against seniors.  I feel compelled to write again since I’ve found some relatively new phone scams, one of which a senior relative of mine was caught up in. I thought this scam was brand new, but when I talked to some of the seniors that […]

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Supreme Court Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Cases

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: June 26th, 2017

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision that will limit the controversial practice of “venue shopping” by plaintiffs who pick court locations they believe will be more favorable to their case, and who unnecessarily drag defendants into patent disputes in a faraway venue in the process.  The decision has important implications for businesses […]

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Supreme Court Holds That Disgorgement Is a Penalty Subject to the Statute of Limitations

By: Jack Harrington, Esq.

Posted: June 26th, 2017

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Disgorgement is a legal remedy requiring defendants to pay back unlawful gains, which the SEC often seeks in addition to civil penalties.  On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court held that disgorgement is a penalty, not an equitable remedy, and thus is subject to the five-year statute of limitations under 28 USC § 2462.  Justice […]

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Ensuring Uniform Application of the Fair Housing Act

By: Joe Campolo, Esq. , Lauren Kanter-Lawrence, Esq.

Posted: June 20th, 2017

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“End the unnecessary exclusion of persons with handicaps from the American mainstream”[1]: Safe Harbor Retreat’s Efforts to Ensure Uniform Application of the Fair Housing Act Editor-in-Chief: Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. Managing Editor: Emily Howard, Esq. Under the Fair Housing Act, when does the denial of an applicant’s request for a reasonable accommodation become justiciable?  The answer […]

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