• CMM Welcomes Hon. Andrea Harum Schiavoni

    CMM is pleased to announce that the Hon. Andrea Harum Schiavoni has joined the firm in an Of Counsel position. She will focus on real estate closings and transactional matters for local East End businesses.

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    Monday, January 05th, 2015

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  • January 2015 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    January 2015 Legal Brief - Firm Newsletter

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    Monday, January 05th, 2015

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  • Enforcing a Personal Guaranty of a Commercial Lease

    For obvious reasons, commercial landlords routinely insist that a commercial tenant provide a personal guaranty of the payment and performance obligations of the tenant. It is not surprising that litigation often arises between the landlord and the guarantor upon the default by the tenant with a common defense being that the terms of the guaranty were not intended to cover the specific default at issue. The general rule is that a personal guaranty is to be strictly construed and a “guarantor should not be bound beyond the express terms of his guarantee.”  As a result, to help ensure maximum security, it is ...

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    Friday, December 19th, 2014

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  • IP Considerations for Startups

    Almost every business, whether a startup or an established company, has intellectual property (“IP”).  IP is what provides your business with a competitive advantage.  Examples include a business’s name, logo, inventions customer lists, or website, all of which are valuable business assets that should be protected. A successful startup should understand how to identify and protect its IP.  Below are some pointers that every startup should consider. Make sure you own the IP. In the early stages of a startup, individuals typically collaborate informally to develop their ideas and there may be no formal agreements among the individuals.  Without a formal agreement as ...

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    Friday, December 19th, 2014

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  • Sag Harbor Resident Joins Business Law Firm

    By Priscila Korb  Campolo, Middleton and McCormick, LLP, a business law firm based in Bridgehampton and Ronkonkoma, announced that Sag Harbor resident Andrea Harum Schiavoni has joined the firm in an Of Counsel position. Schiavoni will focus on real estate and transactional matters for local East End businesses. Having clerked in law school for Florida State Attorney Janet Reno, Chief Juvenile Court Judge William Gladstone in Miami, and the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Schiavoni began her legal career in Florida at the law firm of her father, Albert E. Harum, Jr., established in 1966, handling workers compensation and employment discrimination matters. Upon her ...

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    Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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  • Q&A with Kelly Canavan

    Kelly Canavan, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP What was the best thing that happened to you or your firm in 2014? The best thing that happened to me in 2014 was joining CMM team and heading our real estate department. CMM is a young, dynamic and progressive firm with incredible depth and talent. We handle not only real estate, but also corporate, healthcare, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment, liability insurance & insurance coverage, litigation and appeals, matrimonial, mergers and acquisitions, municipal liability and government relations, private equity, real estate development, white collar defense and wills, trusts and estates. What was your ...

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    Friday, December 12th, 2014

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  • Affordable Care Act

    Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) compliance remains a complicated process for most employers.  Starting January 1, 2015, Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) become subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions of the ACA, codified in Internal Revenue Code Section 4980H.  ALEs must offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in affordable health coverage providing minimum essential benefits under an eligible employer sponsored plan (as defined in 26 U.S.C. § 5000A(f)(2)) for any month. Three may have been the magic number back on Schoolhouse Rock, but under the ACA, 50 is the magic number. An ALE is defined under Section 4980H(c)(2)(A) as an ...

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    Tuesday, December 09th, 2014

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  • Do Your Debts Vanish with Your Death?

    Are your heirs, family or friends responsible for your debts after you die?  I’d like to say no, but the answer really depends on a number of factors. When you take out a credit card in your name, you’re agreeing to repay whatever you borrow.  Whether you’re alive or dead, that obligation doesn’t normally extend to your family, friends or, in most cases, even your spouse.  The one big difference is with medical expenses.  If the debt occurred during the marriage, the surviving spouse does become responsible. In short, while your heirs can inherit your assets, they don’t normally inherit your credit ...

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    Tuesday, December 09th, 2014

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  • Court Sides with Former Employer in Misappropriation of Confidential Information Case

    Considering the potential harm that could strike a business when a key employee leaves to work for a competitor, employers are often quick to pursue litigation against employees when they believe the employee may have taken confidential and/or proprietary information with him/her and is now using (or could use) that information to the benefit of a direct competitor (and to the harm of the employer).  Many times, an employer may assume or speculate that a former employee has taken confidential information and is using or will use it with a new employer.  However, proving that the former employee stole confidential information ...

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    Tuesday, December 09th, 2014

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  • Keep It Down

    By: Bernadette Starzee  When a homeowner hires a contractor to remodel his kitchen, he expects to be quoted a total price for the job. If, after ripping up the cabinets, the contractor discovers additional plumbing work needs to be done, he’ll run the cost by the homeowner and get his permission before revamping the pipes. Attorneys traditionally have operated on a different plane, according to Joseph Campolo, managing partner of Ronkonkoma-based law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick. “Lawyers were always open-ended, billing by the billable hour for as much time as something took, and the customer had to pay,” he said. But since 2008, ...

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    Tuesday, December 09th, 2014

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