CMM Legal Blog

Hiding and Seeking Information During Litigation: Disclosure of Information Contained in Private Social Media Accounts

By: Richard DeMaio, Esq.

Posted: April 20th, 2018

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Hide and seek. It’s a cute game when kids play, but what about in the context of a contentious litigation? The cute game transforms into a cutthroat endeavor to seek any information to sabotage the opposition’s case. Given the prevalence of social media (even Grandma has a Facebook account nowadays), the first point of attack […]

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Residential Landlords: Beware of New Certificate of Occupancy Rules

By: Kelly Canavan, Esq.

Posted: April 20th, 2018

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New York residential landlords, beware. As of November 29, 2017, the Real Property Law section 235-bb came into effect. The statute requires that a valid certificate of occupancy be in place before entering into a residential lease agreement with a tenant for real property of three or fewer units. More specifically, the law provides: Prior […]

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: The DOJ’s New Anti-Corruption Corporate Enforcement Policy

By: Jack Harrington, Esq.

Posted: April 20th, 2018

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In April 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched an experimental Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement policy known as the “Pilot Program.”  For those unfamiliar, the FCPA is a U.S. law that prohibits business from bribing foreign officials and requires certain accounting transparency among public companies.  The FCPA is enforced both criminally and civilly, […]

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How to Lower the Cost of Construction in New York? Demolish New York’s Scaffold Law

By: Don Rassiger, Esq.

Posted: February 20th, 2018

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It is absolutely time to revisit and revise New York State’s absolute liability standard imposed upon contractors and owners for construction-related accidents. New York Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, colloquially referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” impose a strict liability standard on contractors and owners for elevation/gravity related accidents.  Unlike other personal injury matters, […]

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Renting on Airbnb, HomeAway or VRBO? Important Info You Should Know

By: Melissa Sidor, Esq.

Posted: February 20th, 2018

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In recent years, many Long Islanders have been earning extra income by renting their homes as short-term vacation rentals through services like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. However, many are unaware that these rentals are subject to New York State Hotel and Motel Tax, and that Suffolk County in particular has been cracking down on homeowners […]

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The New Tax Law and Your Estate Planning

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: February 19th, 2018

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Have you heard? There has been a major change in the Federal Tax Code as of January 1, 2018.  But what does it mean as far as estate planning goes? The only real change in this regard was that the exemption for the Federal Uniform Gift and Estate Tax approximately doubled from $5,490,000 to $11,180,000 […]

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A Word of Caution with Use of Olympic Marks

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: February 7th, 2018

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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are upon us. For all the Olympics enthusiasts out there, keep in mind that any unauthorized commercial use of the Olympic trademarks, logos, or symbols is prohibited and will be enforced vigorously by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Federal law gives the USOC exclusive rights to the symbol of the […]

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Everyone Needs a Will, But No One Wants to Do It

By: Martin Glass, Esq.

Posted: January 22nd, 2018

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I think this is something that I’ve known even before I started practicing as an Estate Planning attorney. Matter of fact, it probably predates my practice by decades, if not centuries. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the tendency to hesitate (if not complete avoid) writing a Will. Both in my practice and […]

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ADA Accessibility for Websites

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: January 22nd, 2018

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The Internet has become a necessity for the marketing and promotion of businesses, services, and merchandise. An evolving legal issue is website accessibility to those with disabilities and the applicability of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Accessibility of public websites and compliance with the ADA in connection with public websites may […]

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Lessons Learned from FCPA Enforcement in 2017

By: Jack Harrington, Esq.

Posted: January 22nd, 2018

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The Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement efforts ended 2017 with a bang on December 22, when the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the DOJ Fraud Section announced $422 million in criminal penalties against Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd and its U.S. subsidiary (“Keppel […]

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