• Unauthorized Overtime: If They Worked It, You Must Pay It, Expert Says

        by Carrie Mason-Draffen (carrie.mason-draffen@newsday.com) DEAR CARRIE: I read with great interest your recent column that talked about the “suffer-to-work” concept and how hourly employees have to be paid for all hours worked, even if the extra time was unnecessary and unapproved. The idea doesn’t seem fair. What if your company handbook states that management has to approve extra hours ahead of time, yet an employee works overtime without that approval? And when those unapproved hours result in overtime pay because the employee winds up working more than 40 hours a week, it can be detrimental to a small business. If the ...

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    Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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  • East End Arts Adds One to Board

          Movers & Shakers Scott Middleton, a founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, was elected to the board of directors of Riverhead-based East End Arts.   http://libn.com/moversandshakers/2017/03/16/east-end-arts-adds-one-to-board/

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    Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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  • Who’s Who in Labor Law: Donald J. Rassiger

          Donald J. Rassiger, Esq. Counsel Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP Donald J. Rassiger is counsel at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP where he handles a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular focus on the construction industry.  Chair of the Construction practice group, Rassiger has significant experience in the corporate safety and risk management arenas and works with clients on incident investigation and reporting, policy and procedure, and OSHA compliance.  His strong labor and employment background enables him to counsel clients across a wide range of industries and sizes. Having served as Chief Legal Officer of four companies and created the ...

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    Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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  • Who’s Who in Intellectual Property Law: Joseph K. Poe

          Joseph K. Poe, Esq. Counsel Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP An experienced litigator, Joseph K. Poe is Counsel at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, where he represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, environmental cases, and insurance coverage litigation in state and federal court. Poe maintains a varied commercial litigation practice that has focused extensively on matters concerning violation of intellectual property rights.  He counsels clients ranging from established technology companies to emerging startups on trademark and copyright disputes and website and domain name issues.  His multidisciplinary litigation background enables him to advise clients on a wide range of intellectual property and ...

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    Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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  • CMM Prevails Before World Intellectual Property Organization

    CMM’s Intellectual Property team, led by Eryn Truong, scored a win for our client in a matter before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency and the global forum for IP services. CMM opposed a challenge to our client’s use of a web address by the website’s former owner. The WIPO panel found that we established that there was compelling evidence that the former owner had abandoned its trademark rights and that our client had not acted in bad faith in using the address. This victory was great news for our client, for whom use of the ...

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    Tuesday, March 07th, 2017

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  • CMM Successfully Moves for Pre-Judgment Attachment in Personal Injury Case

    In what is believed to be a first in New York State, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick (led by Scott Middleton) prevailed on a motion for pre-judgment attachment in a personal injury and wrongful death case. The order of attachment provides security to our client, who faces the frightening possibility that her damages would exceed the defendant’s insurance coverage. CMM represents the surviving family members of a man who passed away following a tragic car accident. The defendant’s vehicle was covered by a $25,000/$50,000 policy, well below the anticipated total damages. This grim possibility, coupled with evidence from the concurrent criminal case ...

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    Tuesday, March 07th, 2017

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  • Can the District Where I Work Make Me Pay for a Lost Laptop?

        by Carrie Mason-Draffen (carrie.mason-draffen@newsday.com) DEAR CARRIE: I am a public-school teacher. The district where I work is planning to issue my colleagues and me laptops. If we lose the computers, can the school make us pay for them? — Property Protocol DEAR PROPERTY: The key words here are “public school teacher.” Whether or not you and your colleagues are on the hook for lost laptops would depend on what your union contract stipulates, said employment lawyer Christine Malafi, a partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, which is based in Ronkonkoma. “Public employees may be working under a collective bargaining agreement with their employer, ...

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    Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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  • CMM Represents IT Leader ServiceAide, Inc. in Funding Round Led by Arrowroot Capital

    February 27, 2017 ServiceAide, Inc., a leader in IT Service Management for small and medium businesses globally, announced this winter that it has completed the first installment of a $12 million funding round led by Arrowroot Capital.   Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, represented ServiceAide in the funding round.  CMM partner Christine Malafi led a corporate team that also included Donald Rassiger, Vincent Costa, and Vicki Gruber. ServiceAide’s ITSM SaaS offering provides user-friendly, powerful features that make it the solution of choice for SMBs and MSPs worldwide.  ServiceAide will use the investment to bolster its sales and marketing efforts and continue on its product development ...

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    Monday, February 27th, 2017

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  • Negotiating Tips for the President

    Donald Trump holds himself out as a master negotiator and “dealmaker,” frustrated by the gridlock of Washington politics. Boy, did he pass up a great opportunity to demonstrate these so-called skills with his insistence that Betsy DeVos become the next Secretary of Education.  The same can be said for Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer – another high-powered politician from whom you’d expect superb negotiating skills – who also missed a major opportunity to strike a win-win compromise. The uproar and opposition to the DeVos nomination was unprecedented in recent American history, and her confirmation vote is believed to be the first time ...

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    Monday, February 27th, 2017

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  • Sanctions Issued Against Party for Spoliation of Evidence

        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.  When a client destroys evidence or is negligent in ...

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    Monday, February 27th, 2017

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