• New Bill May Change Nation’s Trade Secret Laws

    A new bill has been introduced in Congress seeking to add a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The “Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2014″ would permit a trade secret owner to bring a civil action for a violation of the Economic Espionage Act, which makes the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret a federal crime. Unlike patents, copyrights, and trademarks, there is no federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Today, trade secrets are protected only under state law, common law or contracts. However, with the increase in companies relying on trade secret protection ...

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    Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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  • June 28 – Campolo to Present CLE on Negotiation Strategies and Ethics

    Some people believe that effective negotiators are born, not made, but this presentation will prove them wrong.  Join Joe Campolo as he shares the alternative negotiation strategies he relies on as a law firm managing partner and business owner to solve problems and get deals done.  The CLE course will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at the Hofstra University Club, 225 Hofstra Boulevard in Hempstead, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. (registration from 8:00 a.m.).  The seminar has been approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys for 2 New York CLE credits (1.5 Skills, 0.5 Ethics).  This course ...

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    Monday, May 26th, 2014

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  • June 29 – Secured Transactions CLE

    Please join us on Wednesday, June 29 for a complimentary CLE on Secured Transactions presented by managing partner Joe Campolo.  This survey on the ins and outs of security interests will cover attachment, perfection, default, remedies, and tips for drafting security agreements.  Attendees will receive crucial guidance on the role of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code in corporate transactions. The course has been approved for 2.0 CLE credits (1.5 Professional Practice, 0.5 Skills) and is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.   Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP 4175 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 400 Ronkonkoma, ...

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    Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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  • Protecting Your Assets

    Over the course of my career, I’ve found that there are really two parts to being an estate planning attorney. The first part is to actually create and execute a plan for my clients. The plan usually consists of a Will or a trust, along with a Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will. This is to ensure that whatever is in your estate gets to pass to who you want, when you want and who gets to control this passing of assets. The second part is what’s commonly referred to as asset protection. This simply means making sure ...

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    Friday, May 09th, 2014

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  • Testing New York’s Long-Arm Statute to Obtain Personal Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Defendants

    One of the fundamental issues that must be analyzed before commencing a lawsuit is whether you can obtain personal jurisdiction over the individual or entity you intend to sue. When all of the parties reside or do business in the same state, or better yet the same county, personal jurisdiction becomes an afterthought. However, when the defendants reside and/or do business outside of New York, the question of whether you can obtain personal jurisdiction becomes critical. A recent decision in the Commercial Division, Suffolk County analyzed the key factors in determining whether personal jurisdiction exists and presents a cautionary tale for plaintiffs ...

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    Friday, May 09th, 2014

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  • April 2014 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    April 2014 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

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    Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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  • Women in the Workforce: Lean In & Obama’s Executive Order

    Earlier this month Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg released a new edition of Lean In, her 2013 best-selling book for working women, refocusing itfor college graduates entering the workforce. A central theme of the book is negotiation—in particular, negotiating salaries. “It never even occurred to me to negotiate my first salary,” Sandberg writes in her book. “I waited for someone to tell me how much money I’d be earning so I could figure out where to live. I ended up supplementing my income by teaching aerobics classes on the weekend.” Studies show that most women simply do not bother negotiating their ...

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    Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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  • Everyone Needs a Will, But No One Wants to Do It

    I think this is something that I’ve known even before I started practicing as an Estate Planning attorney. Matter of fact, it probably predates my practice by decades, if not centuries. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the tendency to hesitate (if not complete avoid) writing a Will. Both in my practice and my everyday life, I hear from people who recognize and admit that they should put a Will in place, but despite their best intentions, they simply don’t do it. Why is that? What keeps us from doing what we know we should do? In my experience, ...

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    Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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  • Delaware’s Bid to Offer Confidential Arbitration Heard by Sitting Judges

    Delaware’s unique effort to offer private arbitration presided over by sitting judges to those who could afford it officially ended last month when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear arguments as to whether lower court rulings barring the program should be reversed. Delaware, which has long enjoyed a business-friendly reputation and whose Court of Chancery is well respected for its business expertise, established its controversial arbitration program in 2009. The program was limited to business disputes of at least one million dollars involving Delaware entities. Sitting judges on the Court of Chancery would preside over the disputes in exchange for ...

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    Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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  • The Legal Ramifications of Workplace Bullying

    By: Bernadette Starzee The much-publicized investigation into alleged bullying on the Miami Dolphins football team has brought workplace bullying into the national spotlight. More than a third of American workers say they’ve been bullied at work, according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, a national organization that defines workplace bullying as repeated, health-harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and/or co-workers. This may include verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation and sabotage that prevents work from getting done. While bullying is not healthy for the victim or the workplace, it’s not necessarily unlawful. Though so-called “Healthy Workplace” bills have been introduced in 26 states since 2003, including New York, none ...

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    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Fred Eisenbud