• June 27 Deadline for Carbon Monoxide Compliance

    Commercial property owners, landlords, and tenants should be aware that compliance with New York State’s new carbon monoxide detector law must be satisfied by June 27, 2016.  The law requires that all commercial buildings with a carbon monoxide source be equipped with carbon monoxide detection.  Carbon monoxide sources include furnaces, boilers, heaters, stoves, and fireplaces that may emit carbon monoxide.  The requirements also apply to commercial buildings attached to a garage or other motor-vehicle related occupancy. Generally, each story of the building must have a centrally located carbon monoxide detector.  In those buildings with more than 10,000 square feet per floor, ...

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    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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  • Hiring Tips from the Trenches

    As business owners, executives, and HR managers, we’ve all been there: a new employee who seemed so promising just doesn’t work out.  The person may have the relevant work experience but doesn’t seem to understand how to prioritize her responsibilities.  Or perhaps the person is an all-star at the job, but isn’t getting along with other employees.   Maybe you can’t even tell if the person would be good at the job because he spends the whole day texting in his office. I’ve done a lot of hiring over the years – what started as a firm of two lawyers less than ...

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    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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  • What You Should Know About Pesticides on Your Lawn

    Spring is here and with it, our thoughts turn to battling weeds.  To wage our battles, we often hire landscapers and, after signing the contract, put our trust in these people to ensure that our lawns stay lush green and dandelion-free.  However, what many homeowners do not realize is that the use and application of pesticides by commercial providers is highly regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”).  Knowing some of the basic rules can help property owners understand their rights and make sure that the applications are made in a safe and compliant manner. The first ...

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    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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  • Due Diligence Is Key Before Buying a Business, Experts Say

    By Cara Trager Last year, the acquisition of a Long Island company came to a grinding halt — following the surveillance of its CEO. “We uncovered that he would go at night into the city and buy street drugs,” said Efrat Cohen, executive director of Boca Raton-based Global Intelligence Consultants, which had trailed the CEO for a client who had considered acquiring his firm. While following a top executive may seem excessive, there’s no such thing as overdoing due diligence before buying a business, say consultants and those who have bought and sold Long Island companies. At the very least, hire a lawyer ...

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    Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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  • CMM Wins Corporate Citizenship Award

    In recognition of its community engagement, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Suffolk County’s premier law firm, was selected to receive a 2016 Corporate Citizenship Award from the Long Island Business News in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility.  The awards program recognizes companies and individuals who believe that practicing good corporate citizenship contributes to the economic and social well-being of employees, businesses, and the Long Island community. The awards were presented at a celebratory breakfast on June 14 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Campolo Middleton was recognized for having community dedication “woven into its DNA,” with attorneys serving in ...

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    Friday, May 13th, 2016

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  • Practice Areas to Focus on Business Growth and Entrepreneurship

    The firm has formalized its service offerings to emerging companies and businesses seeking to expand by establishing two additional practice groups, Startups and Economic Development.  Led by Marc Alessi, a former New York State Assemblyman and an experienced navigator of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on Long Island, these practices are dedicated to the growth of Long Island business.  Our team works with entrepreneurs to help startups evolve from idea to reality.  To further our commitment to bringing jobs and investment to our area, we also assist both long-established companies and innovative startups obtain financing and economic incentives through various municipal agencies.

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    Friday, May 13th, 2016

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  • New York Joins Handful of States Guaranteeing Paid Family Leave

    On April 4, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an unprecedented bill establishing a state-wide paid family leave program, adding New York to the short roster of states—including California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—that guarantee paid family leave. The law, part of the 2016-2017 State Budget, allows workers across New York State to take paid leave (1) to bond with a new child (during the first 12 months after the child’s birth or adoption or foster placement of the child with the employee); (2) to care for a family member with a serious health condition; or (3) in certain situations arising ...

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    Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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  • Lessons Learned in an Idea Submission Case

    In an idea submission case, where Plaintiff alleged that Defendants fraudulently expressed interest in developing Plaintiff’s science fiction story only to use parts of that story in the hit 2009 film “Avatar,” the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of Defendants, dismissing all claims.  In particular, the court found that there was no substantial similarity between the projects and that Plaintiff was unable to prove that Defendants used any of Plaintiff’s ideas in the film. Between 1996 and 1998, the plaintiff, Eric Ryder, wrote a science fiction short story entitled “KRZ 2068” and began to distribute the ...

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    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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  • Princelings: Expanding the Definition of “Value” Under the FCPA

        Congress enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in 1977 in the wake of the Watergate investigation and in response to reports of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies.  The FCPA prohibits U.S. persons, companies, and issuers from, among other things, bribing or attempting to bribe a foreign official in order to secure an improper business advantage.  In basic terms, the elements of an FCPA bribery charge include (1) offering, paying, or authorizing, (2) “anything of value,” (3) directly or indirectly, (4) to a foreign official, (5) to improperly gain a business advantage. For decades, the FCPA laid relatively ...

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    Friday, May 06th, 2016

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  • May 11 – McCormick to Present “Electronic Evidence Show and Tell” CLE

    Patrick McCormick, Esq., CMM partner and head of the firm’s Litigation & Appeals practice, will be on the faculty of a CLE program entitled “Electronic Evidence Show and Tell: Admitting Social Media Evidence” sponsored by the Suffolk County Bar Association.  The program will include a live demonstration of the proper way to admit Facebook and other social media posts and pages, text messages, and emails into evidence at trial.  The faculty also includes Robert A. Cohen, Esq. and Hon James F. Quinn (Acting Supreme Court Justice, Suffolk County) and will be moderated by Hon. John J. Leo (Supreme Court Justice, ...

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    Thursday, May 05th, 2016

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