• Negotiation Trends: Salary Disclosure

    Have you ever revealed how much you earn to coworkers? Your answer to that question may depend on your age. The September issue of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation newsletter discusses the trend of openness about wages between coworkers and how it may be affecting job negotiations. Comparing salaries has long been a social taboo in the United States, but members of the millennial generation — people born in the 1980s and 1990s — are changing that, according to Kevin Hallock, director of Cornell University’s Institute for Compensation Studies. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, when 25-year-old Dustin Zick was ...

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    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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  • Ones to Watch in Law

    by Bernadette Starzee Hon. James F.X. Doyle Special Counsel, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick Doyle, who retired from his post as Suffolk County Court judge and acting New York State Supreme Court justice last year, recently joined the Ronkonkoma law firm’s litigation department. His judicial experience includes a decade as an elected Suffolk County Family Court judge and as a Suffolk County Supreme Court justice in the matrimonial, civil law and mental health terms. Prior to being named to the bench, Doyle was in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a captain and attorney on the Trial & Defense Counsel. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School.

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    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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  • Cease and Desist Letter Imposes Reasonable Remedial Measures

    According to a recent decision, recipients of cease and desist letters should do more than perform cursory remedial measures. Consistent with similar situations in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth and Second Circuits, the Sixth Circuit affirmed liability of a flea market operator for contributory trademark infringement for failure to stop the sale of counterfeit goods at the market despite numerous warnings.Coach Inc. v. Frederick Goodfellow, 717 F.3d 798 (6th Cir. 2013). Plaintiffs, Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., who design and sell the famous Coach handbags, filed suit under the Lanham Act against Defendant, Frederick Goodfellow, who owned ...

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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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  • Will Challenges and How to Avoid One

    When beneficiaries or anyone interested in an estate question the validity of a Will, he or she may make a Will Challenge. A Will Challenge is made through the Surrogate’s Court when the Will is offered for probate. The person questioning the validity of the Will must file a claim, or their objections, in court stating why they believe the Will is invalid. The person making the claim is the Objectant. The Objectant must have some evidence or will most likely lose the case. There are only a certain number of ways that the Objectant can object to the Will. The ...

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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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  • August 2013 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    August 2013 Legal Brief - Firm Newsletter

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    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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  • Negotiation and Active Listening Skills: Talk Less and Listen More

    By Joe Campolo, Esq. August 23, 2013 Few negotiators would argue the value of good listening skills. Listening skills can calm tensions, break stalemates, and help build creative deals. Most people overestimate their ability of this key skill, and lack an accurate understanding of the concept of active listening. Active listening doesn’t mean sitting patiently whileyour counterpart talks or does it simply entail saying “I understand” and establishing good eye contact. Rather, active listening is a dynamic process and key in any negotiation. Here are some tips to become a skillful active listener. 1. Showing Your Interest: Prove you’re listening by using body language ...

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    Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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  • Cleaning Out Your Parents’ Home

    Emptying out a house sounds easy until it’s you who has to do it. Recently, my parents moved permanently to Florida after being snowbirds for many years. What that really meant is that, outside of clothes, they had two of everything and didn’t really need (or want) to move anything. It was almost as if they had passed away since very little was actually going with them. I was told that I could take anything that I wanted. We often hear older adults say “my children can have all this when I’m gone,” without realizing that their styles and tastes ...

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    Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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  • Tenant Liability in Commercial Leases

    This article will address two recent appellate court rulings involving commercial leases and the tenant’s liability for certain damages incurred by the landlord. The first, from the Appellate Division, First Department, involves an action by a landlord against a tenant for damages resulting from a flood caused by a rusted gauge on tenant’s supplemental HVAC system. The second case is from the Appellate Division, Second Department and involves tenant’s liability for post-termination rent. In 45 Broadway Owner, LLC v. NYSA-ILA Pension Trust Fund1, the tenant’s predecessor installed a supplemental HVAC system that connected to the building’s water risers. The lease provided ...

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    Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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  • Second Circuit’s Okay of NYC’s $104 Million Judgment Against ExxonMobil Opens the Door To Future Lawsuits Against Companies That Likely Would Not Have been Sued In the Past

    United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Affirms $104.69 Million Judgment in Favor of New York City Against Exxon Mobil for MTBE Contamination Based on Common Law Claims, Opening the Door to Future Litigation That Will Include Companies and Individuals That Likely Never Would Have Been Named in the Past. Following an eleven week trial presided over by Judge Sheira Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York, the jury awarded New York City judgment in the amount of $104.69 million against Exxon Mobil for Exxon Mobil’s alleged contribution to the contamination of Station Six wells in Jamaica, Queens. ...

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    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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  • Raise the Bar for Bully Prevention

    By Michelle Centamore Patrick McCormick practices law during the day but he’s standing up to bullying around the clock as President of the Board of Directors of CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services). The Kings Park resident is a partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP in Bohemia. Then there’s the 24-7 job he took on several years ago when he discovered that he could help keep his children and their peers safe. “As a parent of three young girls, I wanted to become educated and involved. Once I was introduced to the volunteers and rally became aware of their mission and I realized how prevalent these issues were, it was almost easy to get involved because it was ...

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    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

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