• Want Your Startup to Succeed? Don’t Do This

    Network.  Find a mentor.  Take risks.  From bookstores to blogs, the market is saturated with advice and how-to books on how to achieve success with a new business venture.  While those tips can be invaluable, I also think there’s something to be said for learning what not to do.  From my own entrepreneurial endeavors  to my work with the creative minds powering Long Island’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, I’ve made and seen mistakes that I now know belong in the “avoid” category. Sageworks chairman and co-founder Brian Hamilton recently published his own “don’t do this” list on Entrepreneur.com, appropriately entitled “6 Ways to ...

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

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  • I Need an Estate Plan – Part Two

    Last month I discussed the ins and outs of a Health Care Proxy.  This month I’d like to discuss its sister document, a Living Will.  This is not to be confused with a Last Will and Testament (commonly known as “the Will”). The Will does not become effective until after you die, whereas the Living Will is effective prior to death. In its simplest terms, a Living Will states your end-of-life decisions so people (doctors, hospital staff, family) will know how you want to be treated and what you do (and do not) want.  If you are capable of making those ...

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

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  • Wood Laminate Flooring Designs are Original Enough for Copyright Protection

    Generally, the Copyright Office will not register works by nature, animals or plants.  However, are the designs of wood floors original enough to warrant copyright protection?  One Circuit Court said yes, and found that found that a design for laminate flooring was sufficiently creative to merit copyright protection. Mannington Mills, Inc. and Home Legend LLC are competitors both selling laminate wood flooring.  Mannington created a floor design called “Glazed Maple” that depicted what a wood floor might look like after decades of age and wear and registered the design with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2010. In 2012, Mannington discovered that Home ...

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

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  • Defeating Deception in Negotiations

    Deception has long had a place at the negotiating table.  Used appropriately, it can be an effective tool for getting what you want.  But how can you be sure it isn’t being used on you?  As with any negotiation, preparation is key.  If you are familiar with the most common types of deception a negotiator might face, you’ll be in a better position to avoid falling into those traps and, even better, flip the situation to your advantage. The Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation blog recently featured an article highlighting the most common types of deception that arise in negotiations, ...

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

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  • CMM Expands Ronkonkoma Headquarters

    Ronkonkoma, NY, January 2016– Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Suffolk County’s premier full service business law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of 4,000 square feet of space to its Ronkonkoma headquarters.  The firm has acquired half of the space on the third floor at 4175 Veterans Memorial Highway, connecting it to the existing fourth floor office by an internal staircase.  The new space features conference rooms, a suite of offices and workstations, as well as a new kitchen for use for special events and by employees.  The existing space on the fourth floor has been reconfigured to encompass additional ...

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    Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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  • January 2016 CMM Firm Newsletter: Things Every Architect Should Know About Copyrights, Estate Plans & More

     

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    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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  • New Treasury Efforts to Fight Money Laundering Through New York Real Estate

    To combat the scourge of money laundering from transnational criminal syndicates, the United States Treasury has issued new Geographic Targeting Orders (“GTOs”) to Manhattan and Miami Dade County requiring title insurance companies to reveal beneficial owners of entities purchasing real estate for cash. GTOs are directives with limited duration issued by the Secretary of Treasury through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FINCEN”) and are authorized under the Bank Secrecy Act (31 USC 5326).  After passage of the Patriot Act, TROs, by definition, last for 180 days. The January 13, 2016 announcement from FINCEN specifies that this GTO will begin March 1, 2016 ...

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    Monday, January 25th, 2016

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  • I Need An Estate Plan – Part One

    Well, it’s a new year and everyone has made their New Year resolutions.  Hopefully one of those resolutions is to do an estate plan.  Unfortunately, historically the percentage of resolutions that are actually carried out is fairly low.  This is a resolution that I hope everyone keeps. Just so I’m clear, I’m talking about a full estate plan, not just a Last Will and Testament.  A basic estate plan typically consists of four documents.  One of those is the Will, but there are others commonly known as Advance Directives.  That is because they have power in advance of death, i.e., while ...

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    Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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  • The GAO Finds That the EPA Violated Propaganda and Lobbying Provisions Through Its Use of Social Media

    By Jack Harrington, Esq. January 22, 2016 Social media’s ubiquitous presence in the lives of many Americans has transformed the way government communicates and interacts with the citizenry.  Nearly every politician, from the President of the United States to mayors of America’s smallest towns, has a Twitter account.  Governments increasingly rely on social media to engage the public, providing information on emergency response and disaster relief to government services and events.  A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), however, considers when the federal government’s use of social media constitutes impermissible public advocacy in support of an agency’s legislative agenda.  ...

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    Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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  • Things Every Architect Should Know About Copyrights

    Some people say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  However, with an architectural work, imitation could result in copyright infringement.  This article briefly outlines some things architects should be aware of in order to protect and enforce their copyright, and avoid copyright disputes. It is well established that both architectural drawings and completed architectural works are entitled to protection under the Copyright Act.  According to the Copyright Act, the definition of an “architectural work” is “the design of a building as embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings.  The work includes the ...

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    Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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