• Human Beings, Reaching Out for Help

    I am an attorney and recently had the privilege of spending three weeks in Greece volunteering legal services to refugees who had fled unimaginable violence and deprivation from barely functioning nation states. While there, I met and helped refugees from many different Middle Eastern and African countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other nations. I would like to share with you this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most of the refugees I met came to Greece after fleeing war and violence in their home countries—desperate, but with hopes and dreams of reaching a safe place to live. ...

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    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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  • CMM Expands Trusts & Estates and Real Estate Offerings with Addition of Melissa Sidor

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, is pleased to welcome Melissa Sidor to the firm as Counsel, enhancing the firm’s comprehensive offerings in the areas of estate planning and administration, commercial and residential real estate, commercial contracts, business transactions, and not-for-profit organizations. Sidor brings nearly two decades of experience to the firm, helping families, including high-net-worth clients, plan for their future through individualized estate planning techniques, life insurance planning, and business succession planning.  She also works with clients to administer loved ones’ estates and helps them navigate estate litigation when disputes arise. Sidor’s ...

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    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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  • CMM Represents Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. in Agreement with Himatsingka America, Inc. to Bring Molecular Traceability to Home Fashions Worldwide

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP represented Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) in the negotiation of an agreement with textile manufacturer Himatsingka America, Inc. to incorporate the company’s molecular tag technology, SigNature® T, in products sold to retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Costco where source-traceable product is now available nationwide and online. Applied DNA Sciences provides DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping, and product authentication solutions.  SigNature T is a molecular tag that attaches to cotton fiber at the gin, ensuring reliable traceability and verification throughout an entire supply chain. SigNature T enables verification that ...

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    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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  • September 12 – CMM Business Breakfast: Labor & Employment Update featuring Irv Miljoner of U.S. Department of Labor

    Labor & Employment Update: What Businesses Need to Know Wage and hour updates, paid family leave, social media in the workplace, and enforceability of non-compete agreements, to name a few: evolving practices and policies pose a challenge to employers trying to stay ahead of the changes.  Join us for our annual Labor & Employment Update to hear from a panel of experts about new laws and regulations affecting the workplace, and learn the specific steps your business should take to prepare for compliance.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from the Department of Labor as well as representatives from the ...

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    Monday, July 10th, 2017

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  • July 11 – Truong to Present “Law Meets Art: A Legal Roadmap for Creatives”

    Law Meets Art: A Legal Roadmap for Creatives Presented by Eryn Y. Truong, Esq. Chair, Intellectual Property Department Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP You’ve got the talent and the drive…now arm yourself with the tools to help you run a successful business in the arts. In this presentation, intellectual property lawyer Eryn Truong will cover critical legal topics impacting artists including copyright and trademark protection and infringement, ownership issues, the sale of artwork, personnel matters regarding hiring employees, independent contractors, and models, and licensing. Whether you focus on visual arts, performing arts, or any other artistic endeavors, this workshop will give you the guidance and resources ...

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    Monday, July 03rd, 2017

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  • Wheatley Heights Residents Again Object to Colonial Springs Plan

    By Denise M. Bonilla denise.bonilla@newsday.com Photo credit: Barry Sloan Wheatley Heights residents expressed anger and disbelief this week that they are still fighting the development of an apartment complex more than a decade after the project was first proposed. The residents spoke out Wednesday at a Babylon Town Board public hearing on the rezoning of 16.09 acres of Colonial Springs Farm from single-family home zoning to multiple-residence. Property owner Gustave Wade wants to build 264 one- and two-bedroom rental units on the southern portion of his 32-acre site, the town’s last working farm. “I feel a little like Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over ...

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    Friday, June 30th, 2017

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  • Supreme Court Settles Important Taking Question

    On June 23, 2017, in Murr v. Wisconsin, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed whether adjacent properties owned by the same owner may be combined for purposes of determining if there has been a regulatory taking without compensation. The Court ruled that a Wisconsin regulation preventing the owners of two adjacent parcels from selling or developing one of the two parcels did not effect a regulatory taking without compensation of the parcel which could not be sold or developed because takings analysis permitted the adjacent parcels be combined under the facts presented to determine if the regulation went too far.  Justice Kennedy ...

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    Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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  • Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation: Headed to the Supreme Court?

    The Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in 2010, established a program for whistleblowing related to securities and commodities law violations.  It created a private cause of action for whistleblowers to sue their employers for retaliation after reporting company misconduct.  However, federal circuit courts are split as to when employees are eligible for anti-retaliation protection under Dodd-Frank.  The answer hinges on whether the SEC must be notified of the potential misconduct or if an internal company complaint will suffice. The Fifth Circuit, in Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA), LLC, 720 F.3d 620 (5th Cir. 2013), held that the employee must report information ...

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    Monday, June 26th, 2017

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  • And the Scams Keep Coming

    About a year ago I wrote about scams, mainly those against seniors.  I feel compelled to write again since I’ve found some relatively new phone scams, one of which a senior relative of mine was caught up in. I thought this scam was brand new, but when I talked to some of the seniors that I know, I learned that it has already been around for a few months and is quite prevalent.  A person calls you up and tells you that if you have Medicare, you can get a back brace for free.  Now what senior doesn’t have Medicare?  And ...

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    Monday, June 26th, 2017

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  • Supreme Court Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision that will limit the controversial practice of “venue shopping” by plaintiffs who pick court locations they believe will be more favorable to their case, and who unnecessarily drag defendants into patent disputes in a faraway venue in the process.  The decision has important implications for businesses that rely on patents to protect their innovation. For many years, plaintiffs have relied upon a more general venue law that allowed a lawsuit to be filed where the defendant resides or does any business, which led to a disproportionate number of patent filings in the ...

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    Monday, June 26th, 2017

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