• CMM Spotlight: iOptimize Realty® and REoptimizer®

    We’re all familiar with the adage “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Don Catalano, President and CEO of iOptimize Realty®, has really taken this message to heart: he’s seamlessly combined his passion for real estate, photography, and piloting airplanes into a rewarding career at the helm of one of Long Island’s most innovative companies. A longtime client and friend of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, Catalano recently invited Managing Partner Joe Campolo to the Commack headquarters of iOptimize Realty® for lunch and a demo of Catalano’s REoptimizer® software, a real estate optimization tool and ...

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    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

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  • CMM Settles Prevailing Wage Law Violation for Construction Client, Avoiding Debarment and Keeping Client in Business

    Don Rassiger, Chair of CMM’s Construction practice group, recently settled a prevailing wage law violation between our client, a contractor, and the New York State Department of Labor. Our client faced financial penalties for allegedly underpaying wages, personal liability for purportedly signing fraudulent documents, and possible debarment from public works projects, which would have effectively shut down the client’s business. Don’s advocacy through a series of conferences and negotiations ultimately saved the client 20% on the fines and – most critically – avoided debarment, keeping the client’s doors open for business. Our construction clients include owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, ...

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    Thursday, May 17th, 2018

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  • Intra-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege: Protection of Communications with In-House Counsel

    Attorney-client privilege is a bit of a misnomer. The name itself fails to convey the full breadth of communications protected (or not protected) by the privilege, one of the oldest common-law evidentiary privileges. The privilege applies to communications made “for the purpose of facilitating the rendition of legal advice or services, in the course of a professional relationship.” See, e.g., Spectrum Sys. Intl. Corp. v. Chemical Bank, 78 N.Y.2d 371, 377-378 (1991), quoting Rossi v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Greater N.Y., 73 N.Y.2d 588, 593 (1989). Indeed, not every communication is privileged – and determining whether the privilege ...

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    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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  • Deficient Tortious Interference Claim Leads to Dismissal of Complaint

    One of the more common “business tort” causes of action we see in the world of commercial litigation is a claim for tortious interference with a contract. Often a competing company, knowing that its competitor has a contract with a certain customer or employees, will intentionally and improperly interfere with that contract by causing the customer or employee to breach the contract, thus resulting in harm to the competing business.  This interference usually consists of improperly soliciting the customer or employee away from the competing business, making disparaging and/or defamatory comments about the competing business, or even fraudulently deceiving the ...

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    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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  • Long Island’s Nonprofit Sector featuring John Miller of Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs and Ken Cerini of Cerini & Associates

    Collaboration was the word of the day on this CMM Live episode focusing on Long Island’s vibrant nonprofit sector. John Miller, President and CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, inspired viewers with personal stories of the countless lives these organizations change every year. Fresh off the 2018 Imagine Awards, Ken Cerini, nonprofit accounting guru and head of Cerini & Associates, discussed how he works with the nonprofit sector to maximize their impact. Both guests noted that collaboration among organizations is key. https://youtu.be/E6Frssm2lGM

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    Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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  • CMM Spotlight: Suffolk County Community College Partners with HIA-LI

    It’s easy for the business community and academia to give lip service to concepts of job creation and cultivating student opportunity. But leaders from Suffolk County Community College and HIA-LI are backing up their talk with concrete action and a roadmap of plans to make it happen. Joe Campolo, HIA-LI Board Chairman and Campolo, Middleton & McCormick Managing Partner, recently met with a team of SCCC administrators and leaders to discuss building their partnership. It’s a natural collaboration: with Long Island’s workers aging out, the business community – particularly industrial and manufacturing businesses in the Hauppauge Industrial Park (HIP) – needs ...

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    Friday, May 11th, 2018

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  • Navigating the Complex Web of Data Breach Notification Laws

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April about how a political consultancy had improperly accessed the personal data of nearly 90 million Facebook users.  The Congressional hearings prompted by Cambridge Analytica’s misappropriation of personal data was not the social media company’s first brush with the federal government regarding the protection of user data.  In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) accused Facebook of breaking its promise to users that third-party applications had access only to user data required for the application to function.  Facebook entered into a consent decree—an agreement resolving a legal dispute with the government not ...

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    Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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  • CMM-Flexible Cyber Alert: Spoof Email

    “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.” Former FBI Director We’re pleased to introduce a newly created strategic partnership between Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP and Flexible Systems to fully service the business community’s legal and technological needs when it comes to cybersecurity. We seamlessly work together, and with you, to help you recover from an attack and plan for remediation; assess your unique legal risk, obligations, and reporting requirements; reduce your risk ...

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    Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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  • CMM Spotlight: The Sexy Salad

    It would be fitting for John Robertson, owner of an eatery featuring delights such as the Earth Angel Salad and the Basket of Sexy Egg Sandwiches, to add an eye-catching title to his business card. “Millennial Keeper” and “Outsourced Chief Culture Officer” are both fitting descriptions of a business owner who entices prospective corporate catering customers of this unique spot – the Sexy Salad in Hauppauge – with an offer that’s hard to resist: “Let me use my art to help your business.” A long-time member of HIA-LI, Robertson recently welcomed CMM Managing Partner and HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo to ...

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    Tuesday, May 08th, 2018

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  • CMM Closes M&A Deal for Major Events Management Company

    On behalf of client Wave Capital Consulting, Inc., Campolo, Middleton & McCormick successfully closed a deal involving the purchase of substantially all the assets of a major events management company. The transaction, which closed in April 2018, included the acquisition of rights to business networking and sales events and domain names including NY XPO, LI Business Expo, and NY Market Expo, some of the most recognizable names in trade shows and facilitated networking. CMM’s Vincent Costa brought the deal to a swift close along with Joe Vozza and Donald Rassiger. “CMM provided great service from start to finish and handled the ...

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    Thursday, May 03rd, 2018

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