• 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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  • Campolo Named UCP of Suffolk Honoree

    United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Suffolk named Joe Campolo the honoree of their annual golf classic, which was held on May 9, 2016 at Glen Head Country Club.  Proceeds from the golf classic  will directly benefit the almost 3,500 children and adults with disabilities served annually by UCP of Suffolk. Please visit http://www.ucp-suffolk.org/golfClassic.html for more information.

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    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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  • May 12 – CMM Bridgehampton Executive Breakfast: Everything Is a Negotiation

    May 12, 2016 Presented by Joe Campolo, Esq., Managing Partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP All too often, traditional negotiating tactics result in blown up deals, protracted litigation, and destroyed relationships.  Join Joe Campolo as he shares the alternative negotiation strategies he relies on as an attorney and business owner to solve problems and get deals done.  The presentation will cover how to: Manage tension in high-stress negotiations Balance empathy and assertiveness Listen actively Combat hard-bargaining tactics Diagnose your own weaknesses and regain your footing Designed for both seasoned professionals and those just starting out, this presentation will arm you with new tools and a fresh perspective ...

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    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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  • New York City Human Rights Law Amended to Include “Caregiver” Status

    In 2015, the State of New York added “familial status” as a class of persons protected under state discrimination laws, prohibiting discrimination against pregnant employees and employees with minor children.  On May 4, 2016, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) will add a new protected class that offers an even greater degree of protection.  The NYCHRL will be expanded to protect “caregivers” from employment discrimination based on one’s actual or perceived status as a “caregiver.” As amended, the NYCHRL will add “caregivers” to the increasing number of classes already covered under the law, including age, race, creed, color, national ...

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    Monday, April 25th, 2016

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  • Entrepreneurs: These Networking Blunders Can Cost You

    Successful entrepreneurs know that having a strong network behind them is critical. Done well, networking is hard but important work.  There’s no shortage of mixers, parties, meetings, and lectures to attend, and most professionals, business owners, and job seekers have no problem showing up.  But too many people think they’ve done their job just by walking in.  They pass the time by traveling in a pack with the people they came with, lingering by the food table, or checking Facebook on their phone.   At the other extreme are those who interrupt conversations and make requests of VIPs without offering anything ...

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    Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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  • Court of Appeals Restricts the Ability to Challenge a SEQRA Positive Declaration Requiring Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement

    If an agency such as a Town Board, Planning Board, or a Board of Zoning Appeals finds that an application before it may cause a substantial adverse impact on the environment, it is required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) to adopt a positive declaration, and require preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) before it may determine the merits of the application.  The immediate impact of such a determination on an applicant is that a final ruling on an application will be substantially delayed, and a great deal of money will be spent to prepare the ...

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    Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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  • Talking to Someone with Dementia

    This month I’m going to take a break from the series I’ve been doing to talk about talking.  Sometimes it’s hard enough to talk to someone without them misunderstanding what we’re saying. If you’re trying to talk to someone with dementia, it’s twice as hard (if not more).  But there are certain things that you can do to help the conversation and stop yourself from becoming totally frustrated. One of those things is to always identify yourself.  It may sound silly, but your loved one may not always remember exactly who you are.  My mother has dementia and gets confused between me ...

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    Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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