CMM Legal Blog

The WARN Act – What Business Owners and Employers Need to Know

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: September 26th, 2017

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration on the federal level and by the New York State Department of Labor on the state level.  Whether you are a longtime business owner or purchasing a new business, you must familiarize yourself with the […]

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Review and Revise Your Revocable Trusts

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: September 26th, 2017

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I’ve been practicing elder law and estate planning for about 20 years now.  Many of the revocable trusts dating back to that time were created for estate tax reasons.  But with changes in tax laws, those old trust protections can create new problems today. The tax issues that my clients feared in the 1990s were […]

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Cybersecurity Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: September 26th, 2017

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There is no doubt that effective due diligence is essential in any merger or acquisition of businesses.  Conducting a complete and through investigation of a target company is critical to a potential buyer’s decision to purchase a company, at what price, and subject to what terms, conditions, representations, and warranties. Proper due diligence will cover […]

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Exploring Cybersecurity in Healthcare

By: William McDonald, Esq.

Posted: September 26th, 2017

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Are you tired of seeing the word “cyber” inserted in front of everything?  I know I am.  Cybersecurity in healthcare requires security implementation to the modern methods in which we communicate (email and texts), store information (databases and computers), and diagnose and treat disease (medical devices, wearable technology).  The computing power each person now has […]

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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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