CMM Legal Blog

Copyright: “Registration” vs. “Application” Finally Solved

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: March 19th, 2019

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A copyright gives the creator of a work an exclusive legal right to reproduce, and authorize others to reproduce, the protected work.  Before a copyright owner can enforce this right with a civil lawsuit, he must register this work with the U.S. Copyright Office.[1] Surprisingly, however, ownership of a copyright exists apart from registration.[2]  The […]

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Common Fraud Schemes Against the Elderly

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: March 10th, 2019

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Have you received phone calls lately from Lithuania? The IRS? Someone claiming that unless you share your social security number right now, the police will be there in five minutes? A couple of years ago I wrote about scams, mainly those perpetrated against seniors. I feel compelled to write again since it’s a topic that […]

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Insurance Coverage for Electronic Data Loss

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: January 3rd, 2019

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Almost daily, the headlines report new cybersecurity attacks, each more brazen and far-reaching than the last. Businesses may think their general commercial liability policy will cover their losses in the event of a cybersecurity attack, but often learn the hard way that insurance companies frequently deny coverage for these losses. Electronic data is not considered […]

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2019 Changes to Minimum Wage and Overtime Exempt Salary Threshold

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: December 31st, 2018

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Another year has come and gone. As we usher in 2019, business owners should know that New York State has also ushered in changes to the minimum wage and the overtime exempt salary threshold effective December 31, 2018. Minimum Wage Increase Employers generally must pay nonexempt employees at least the minimum wage.  Minimum wage throughout […]

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New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Increase January 1, 2019

Posted: December 31st, 2018

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As of January 1, 2019, the length of paid leave and amount of weekly benefits under the New York Paid Family Leave Act (“PFLA”) increased, the first of three yearly increases.  The PFLA, which took effect in 2018, provides eligible employees with job-protected, paid time off to (1) bond with a child, (2) care for […]

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Suffolk County Bans Inquiring About Salary History

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: December 27th, 2018

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Suffolk County employers, take note: effective June 30, 2019, employers in the county will be barred from asking about a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process or relying on any such information to determine compensation. The change is the result of the recently passed Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings (“RISE”) Act, which […]

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You’ve Got A Friend In Me: The Increasing Role of Amicus Curiae Briefs In Appellate Practice

By: Richard DeMaio, Esq.

Posted: December 26th, 2018

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Amicus curiae briefs, also known as “friend of the court” briefs, are often filed in appellate cases heard by the United States Supreme Court (as well as state appellate courts and intermediate federal courts of appeal). Amicus briefs provide non-parties who have a strong interest in the subject matter of a case – sometimes referred […]

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Reflecting on Justice Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings and the History of Politics in Supreme Court Nominations

By: Patrick McCormick, Esq. , Richard DeMaio, Esq.

Posted: November 20th, 2018

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The political drama surrounding Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation captivated the public this fall. Across the country, people were glued to their screens watching the proceedings. But why? Fierce ideological debates and even allegations of sexual assault are not new to confirmation hearings. Throughout history, confirmation hearings have involved sexual assault allegations (Justice Thomas) and ideological disagreements […]

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A Costly Mistake: The Dangers of Cybersecurity in M&A Transactions

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: November 9th, 2018

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With major data and security breaches consistently making headlines, a thorough investigation of a target company’s security practices is critical to a buyer’s decision to purchase a company. Areas of examination include operational assets, financial data, legal matters, strategic planning, and employee information. Such assessments help potential buyers manage and alleviate risk, liability, and exposure […]

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Representations and Warranties in M&A Transactions

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: November 9th, 2018

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In the world of M&A, each party to a purchase agreement makes certain representations and warranties that serve to allocate risk between the parties and provide a basis for post-closing indemnification obligations. Although often used interchangeably, there are functional differences between a representation and a warranty. A representation is an assertion of past or existing […]

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