• Navigating Clients Through the Murky Waters of Foreign Asset Disclosures

      By Laura R. Blasberg and Kelly A. McGowan A taxpayer’s situation and financial circumstances dictate which programs or rules the taxpayer should use to disclose foreign assets and accounts. Those who advise taxpayers will likely, or have already, been confronted with a client who has failed to disclose one or more foreign financial accounts or other income-producing foreign assets for any number of reasons. Beginning in 2009, the IRS has offered taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts or assets a variety of voluntary disclosure initiatives to encourage them to bring these foreign assets onshore and into compliance with applicable law. Taxpayers and tax professionals ...

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    Thursday, February 02nd, 2017

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  • Middleton Elected to East End Arts Board of Directors

    Scott D. Middleton, a founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, New York, has been elected to the Board of Directors of East End Arts, an award-winning nonprofit committed to enriching the community through the arts.  The Riverhead-based organization has served Long Island’s East End since 1972.  As a board member, Middleton will work to further the nonprofit’s core values of leadership, collaboration, access, and education. East End Arts is a powerful catalyst for economic and cultural revitalization.  The organization has long been recognized for its cultural ...

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    Thursday, February 02nd, 2017

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  • LI Businesses are Using Storytelling to Sell, Market and Lead

        By Robert Lerose, Special to Newsday The tradition of telling stories has been around since the beginning of human civilization. Increasingly, members of the business community have been using storytelling as a potent tool for engaging with employees, prospects and customers. “There’s something about stories that inspire us,” says Paul Smith, author of “Lead With a Story” and an organizational storytelling coach. “The kind of reaction you’ll get from a really good PowerPoint presentation is that it was nice. But you immediately share a great story with somebody else.” Stories have the power to touch people in ways that logical arguments and data-driven presentations ...

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    Monday, January 30th, 2017

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  • Volkswagen Guilty Plea Sets New Standards for White Collar Investigations and Enforcement

        On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 German auto-maker Volkswagen pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to violate the Clean Air Act, as well as customs violations and obstruction of justice.  The company agreed to pay an astounding $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties, which when combined with the settlements paid to car owners may total an eye-popping $20 billion. The federal investigation stems from Volkswagen having lied about emissions tests for approximately 11 million diesel vehicles.  U.S. regulators began investigating the company after an academic study demonstrated that Volkswagen’s diesel automobiles emitted less pollution during official ...

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

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  • Damages Dispute in Design Patent Case Heats Up

    As design patents become a more popular method for businesses to protect their products, how damages are determined in the highly-publicized Samsung v. Apple litigation will merit close attention this year. In early December 2016, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision that forced Samsung to pay $399 million in profits for violating three of Apple’s design patents and remanded the case for further consideration.  The award accounted for the entirety of Samsung’s profit from the sale of the infringing smartphones.  Samsung’s argument, however, is that damages should be limited to individual components covered by the patents.  Thus, the case ...

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

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  • EEOC Proposed Enforcement Guidance for Addressing Unlawful Harassment

    On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requested public input on proposed enforcement guidance for addressing unlawful harassment in the workplace and hostile work environments under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Harassment claims have risen over the past few years and the proposed guidance follows a June 2016 EEOC report.  While there are a number of classes protected under federal and state law, harassment claims based on sex, race, and/or disability appear to be most common.  Employers should be aware of the legal standards and potential liability for unlawful harassment in order to ...

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

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  • Listen Up! Six Effective Listening Techniques to Improve Your Negotiation Success

    I’m not known for keeping my thoughts to myself.  In fact, many of you pay me to advocate and negotiate on your behalf. But while I may not be the quiet type, I believe that those who know me would still describe me as an excellent listener – and those skills have served me well in my negotiations in business and in life. I firmly believe that all the preparation in the world won’t do you any good in a negotiation if you don’t listen to the other side.  Sure, you hear what your adversary is saying, but are you really listening?  ...

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

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  • To Mediate or Not to Mediate

    Mediation can either be a great tool to move beyond an impasse or a colossal waste of time and money. Without the proper approach and preparation, the parties may be pushed further apart. In a recent mediation, my client was amenable to settling but the plaintiff, in the lead-up to the mediation, was less than forthcoming. He led me to believe that he was looking for a number to settle at less than six figures. Based upon this understanding, my client agreed to mediation. Of course, we prepared our submission for the mediator (as did the plaintiff’s counsel who was foolish ...

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

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  • Women Leading the Way on Long Island: Having It All, in Your Own Way

        In the decades since Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown’s famous book Having It All was published in 1982, the title has transformed from words of encouragement to a hated cliché – an elusive and even judgmental standard that pressures some women to ask themselves why their nonstop balancing act between the competing demands of work and family isn’t as effortless as in the movies. The message from Christine Malafi, Partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, is therefore an important one: “You can’t ‘have it all’ the way the media portrays, but you can do it in your own way.” Malafi spoke at ...

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  • January 2017 CMM Newsletter: Negotiation “Campolo-isms” and more

    January 2017 CMM Newsletter: Negotiation "Campolo-isms" and more

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    Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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