• Malafi Speaks at Touro Law Announcing New Girl Scout Justice Patch Program

      Touro Law Center and Girl Scouts of Suffolk County have announced an all-new Justice Patch Program. The program was designed to develop a sense of fairness, an understanding of why we have laws and how they can be changed when they don’t work. Girls will learn how laws are designed to help people, and the role that lawyers and judges fill in the community. CMM Partner Christine Malafi, a former Girl Scout herself, serves on the Board of Governors of Touro Law School, was there to encourage the girls to participate in the Program and to congratulate all involved in creation of ...

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    Monday, April 20th, 2015

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  • Mental Health Clinic Shows Wrong Way to Prepare for Audit and Loses $304,000

    By William McDonald, Esq. April 20, 2015 In March, the Attorney General announced a $304,000 settlement in a suit his office brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under the New York State and the Federal False Claims Acts. The lawsuit was commenced by two whistleblowers who were former employees of the Mental Health Association of Rockland County.  The whistleblowers revealed that prior to a 2009 Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”) audit of MHA Rockland’s Continuing Day Treatment Program for adults, MHA Rockland employees made over 40 handwritten changes to the progress notes.  These ...

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  • Grandchild’s College Expenses

    Now that my kids are out of college, it’s time to start thinking about trying to help out my (future) grandchildren’s education.  Who knows how expensive that’s going to be in twenty-plus years?  It’s actually fairly common that grandparents want to help with college expenses for their grandchildren.  And most grandparents want to do so in a way that won’t affect their grandchild’s financial aid eligibility. One of the most common ways that parents and grandparents help is through use of a 529 Plan.  A 529 Plan is a special type of tax‑deferred account that has both an owner and a ...

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  • Recent Landlord Tenant Case Developments

    Three recent decisions, two from the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department and the third from Supreme Court, Queens County (Ritholtz, J.) are instructive to landlord/tenant practitioners.  The first involves an application by a tenant for a Yellowstone injunction; the second involves a tenant’s renewal option contained in a commercial lease; and, the third involves enforcement of a settlement agreement. A Yellowstone injunction is a procedural mechanism used by tenants to maintain the status quo and to toll the running of a cure period so that a commercial tenant confronted by threat of termination of its lease may protect its investment ...

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  • New York Court of Appeals Rules that a Traffic Stop based upon a Police Officer’s Mistaken View of the Law is Constitutional

    New York State has long granted greater Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule protection to defendants under its holdings than federal courts have.  One example is found when a police officer in good faith bases a stop and search of a defendant upon a mistaken belief about the law.  Under the federal “good faith” exception, a mistaken view of the law is not necessarily fatal to a police officer’s illegal stop and search of a defendant.  In contrast, the New York Court of Appeals held in People v. Bigelow, 66 N.Y.2d 417 (1985), that there is no “good faith” exception to the ...

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  • Trademark Trolls Overseas

    A U.S. trademark registration allows companies to leverage their brand and prevent others from using their name or a confusingly similar name in the U.S.  However, even if a trademark is protected in the U.S., it is vulnerable to squatters or “trademark trolls” overseas. Because of the global nature of business today, especially with online commerce and social media, it is important for companies looking to expand internationally to control their trademarks globally and prevent others from squatting on their rights.  The last thing a company wants to find out is that it is prevented from expanding its business overseas because ...

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  • Prepayment Review Deadlines Published for Medicare Providers

    As we recover from the cold winter, Medicare has prescribed a healthy dose of alphabet soup to Medicare providers and suppliers.  New Change Request 8583 to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual (“MPIM”) imposes a new deadline on Medicare providers and suppliers to provide requested documentation during a prepayment review. Effective April 1, 2015, the MPIM amends Chapter 3, Section 3.2.3.2 to require Medicare Administrative Contractors (“MACs”), Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”), Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Contractors (“CERTs”) and Zone Program Integrity Contractors (“ZPICs”) to solicit additional documentation from the Medicare provider or supplier by issuing an additional documentation request (“ADR”). A provider or ...

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  • Business Interruption Insurance: Protection Against Suspension of Business

    Business interruption insurance is designed to protect your business if your business premises is physically damaged and there is a suspension or halt of business activity at that location. It is not typically a “free-standing” insurance policy—rather, it is an additional coverage that can be added to a property damage insurance policy (i.e., fire policy) as an endorsement or a rider (for an additional fee, or course). In other words, if you don’t ask for it, you don’t have the protection it offers.  This type of additional insurance protects against your inability to continue business operations because of events  outside ...

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  • Campolo Joins LI Red Cross Board of Directors

    CMM is proud to announce that Joe Campolo has been welcomed to the American Red Cross on Long Island board of directors. The Long Island Red Cross board of directors is comprised of business and community leaders who volunteer their time to help oversee the organization’s mission on Long Island. The Long Island Red Cross responds to approximately 200 disasters a year, and serves more than 2.8 million residents. Joe joins with three other individuals who have also recently joined the Board; J. Bryan Anthony, philanthropist and returning Long Island Red Cross board member; Joseph Louchheim, president of the Press News ...

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    Monday, April 13th, 2015

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  • April 27: CMM Attorney on Stony Brook Alumni Panel: Successfully Transition from College to Career

    CMM Attorney Vincent Costa Speaking on Alumni Panel: Successfully Transition from College to Career  This panel discussion seeks to educate graduating seniors and recent alumni on how to make a successful transition from college to the workplace. Monday, April 27, 2015 6 PM – 7:30 PM Stony Brook University Campus Charles B. Wang Center Room 201 Making the transition from student to professional can be difficult and confusing.  Learn how to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be successful during the “unique first-year” in a new organization after graduation. Professionals representing various careers will answer questions about how to navigate company culture and manage ...

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    Friday, April 10th, 2015

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