• Alessi Named Innovate LI’s Innovator of the Year 2015

    CMM is proud to announce that Marc Alessi, Esq. was honored with an Innovator of the Year Award by Innovate Long Island, which recognizes Long Island’s best and brightest ideas. Marc’s lifelong passion for entrepreneurship earned him an honor in the Biotech category for his launch of SynchroPet, a biomedical device company that has licensed three patents from Brookhaven National Lab for a new way to build P.E.T. (positron emission tomography) devices for both small animal and human medical imaging.  The inaugural Innovator Awards breakfast was held on October 21 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Of counsel to CMM, ...

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    Friday, November 06th, 2015

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  • October 2015 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    October 2015 Legal Brief - Firm Newsletter

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    Monday, October 26th, 2015

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  • To-Do List After Forming Your Business

    In last month’s blog article, I shared my enthusiasm for the “startup entrepreneurial ecosystem,” specifically here on Long Island, and offered tips for starting your own successful business.  One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is making it official by forming an LLC or incorporating.  But then what?  To keep that excitement growing as you focus on building your business, it’s important to take steps early in the process to help your new venture start off strong. Nellie Akalp, an Entrepreneur.com contributor and entrepreneur and CEO herself, recently published an article on Entrepreneur.com called “7 Actions to Take After ...

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    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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  • Making the First Offer in Negotiations: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

      Conventional wisdom cautions that deal makers who make the first offer in a negotiation run the risk of showing their cards too soon, leaving their position and goals open to exploitation.  Proponents of the wait-it-out approach believe that hearing from the other side first gives you important clues about your adversary’s position that you can use to steer the negotiation your way.  However, recent research suggests that the “anchoring effect” of the first number presented in a negotiation can play a major role in the direction the negotiation takes and can therefore give you a major advantage.  As explained in ...

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    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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  • Attorney Spotlight: Marc Alessi

    Turning his neighbors’ overgrown yards into lucrative landscaping accounts at age 13, CMM attorney Marc Alessi probably wouldn’t have been surprised back then to learn that in 2015, he would be honored as an Innovator of the Year by Innovate Long Island.  Marc’s lifelong passion for entrepreneurship earned him an honor in the Biotech category for his work with SynchroPet, a biomedical device company he launched that has licensed three patents from Brookhaven National Lab for a new way to build P.E.T. (positron emission tomography) devices for both small animal and human medical imaging.  The inaugural Innovator Awards breakfast, which ...

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    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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  • Fiduciaries You May Not Want

    In past articles I’ve spoken about how to appoint the proper fiduciaries (executors, trustees, guardians, etc.).  But what about those people that you don’t want? Most of my clients don’t realize that you can “dis-appoint” someone in your documents.  You actually have the ability to add almost any language you want in your documents, whether it’s in your Will or in your trust.  You can use strong language, such as that a specific person should not serve in any circumstances.  Or you can use weaker language, writing that you encourage the court to consider your other nominees, and not to consider ...

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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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  • Medicare Providers: Don’t Let Identity Theft Cost You Money!

    Medicare providers face an alphabet soup of entities seeking to recover “overpayments” from them on behalf of Medicare.  Commonly referred to as Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”), these entities include Zone Program Integrity Contractors (“ZPICs”), and they have an aggressive mandate to recover Medicare “overpayments” to providers. We recently represented a physician from whom a RAC sought $850,000 in overpayments for services billed to Medicare.  The liability arose because our client did not have any documentation to support the $850,000 in billed services.  However, our client did not have the supporting documentation because she never performed or billed the services!  It turns ...

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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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  • DWI – To Blow or Not to Blow?

    Lately, it seems not a weekend goes by without another news story about a DWI crash into a house, or tragically, a fatality.  With such horrible trends continuing, law enforcement is sure to step up DWI prevention through checkpoints and aggressive policing. As a DWI defense attorney, I am always asked: “If I am arrested, should I blow or refuse?”  This seemingly simple question is actually rather complex.  Many factors affect whether taking the chemical breath test is a good or bad idea.  For example, there may have been an accident involving a fatality or serious injury; the driver may have ...

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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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  • “Happy Birthday to You” Lyrics May not be Copyrighted

    Most people sing “Happy Birthday to You” without even thinking it might be protected by copyright.  But since 1988, Warner/Chappell Music has been enforcing its alleged copyright in the song and has collected an estimated $2 million per year in royalties. However, on September 22, 2015, after two years of litigation, a U.S. District Court judge declared that the copyright claimed in the lyrics to the song “Happy Birthday to You” is invalid. The lawsuit was brought by several artists against Warner/Chappell Music challenging the copyright and seeking the return of the licensing fees that have been collected. The origins of the song ...

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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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  • Cleaning Up Contaminated Properties

      Owners and would-be developers of property that contains environmental contamination face some tough choices: leave the contamination in place and hope that there is no government enforcement action or third party damage claim, clean it up on your own, or clean it up with government oversight.  For many years, the State of New York has had a program to encourage the latter course of action.  The incentive for those who participate in the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”) is threefold.  First, at the end of the remediation, the applicant receives a Certificate of Completion, which indicates that the cleanup has ...

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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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