• CMM Represents Weiss Instruments in Agreement with Global Technology Company Emerson Electric

    Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) has entered into an agreement with Weiss Instruments to directly serve customers of Emerson’s Dixell products. Joe Campolo and Vincent Costa of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP represented Weiss Instruments in the transaction, the terms of which have not been disclosed. Since 1996, Weiss Instruments has been the exclusive authorized third-party distributor in the United States for Dixell controls, the leading microprocessor-based electronic regulation, temperature, pressure and humidity controls for commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. Emerson’s assimilation of the Dixell distribution business took effect in March. Holtsville-based Weiss Instruments has manufactured thermometers and pressure gauges for over 100 ...

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    Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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  • The Technology Sector featuring Dr. James Hayward of Applied DNA Sciences and Marty Schmitt and Kevin Edwards of Flexible Systems

    With its vibrant startup community and universities, Long Island is home to incredible technological innovation, and this episode spotlighted some of its gems. Dr. James Hayward, President & CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, demonstrated that he is the rare scientist who understands business and how to commercialize inventions. With Applied DNA, he’s cleaning up and securing the supply chain, protecting both brands and consumers. You won’t want to miss his inspiring story of rising from helping out at his parents’ deli in Queens as a kid to leading a groundbreaking public company today. Marty Schmitt and Kevin Edwards of Flexible Systems then addressed the darker side of technology with ...

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    Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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  • 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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