• Benefits of Copyright Registration

    Many artists, especially entrepreneurs who are just starting off, often start talking to others about their work without realizing that they may be disclosing too much. Their creative ideas or works are assets, and if they do not establish ownership of these assets, the assets could be lost. Artists often do not realize how important it is to establish ownership over their works, before displaying or disclosing them to the public. Generally, copyright attaches automatically the moment the original work is created and “fixed” in a tangible medium. Copyright owners possess the right to prevent others from copying and selling the copyrighted ...

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    Sunday, November 24th, 2013

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  • The Most Important Part of an Estate Plan is the Memories

    This month I completed the sale of my parents’ co-op in Queens. This is the apartment that I grew up in. The process of emptying the apartment (which I discussed back over the summer) has finally been completed. Most people, when they design their estate plan, think primarily about the large financial assets: real property, bank accounts, investment accounts, family businesses, etc. But let me tell you from personal experience, the most heart-wrenching decisions are who gets the “stuff.” I’ve found in my practice that family rifts and disputes are not over money, but over the little things that end ...

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    Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

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  • “Unsung Hero” Honoree Profile: Kristen Navas

    Keeping everybody at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick inspired and motivated, Director of Operations Kristen Navas helps shape the forward-thinking team approach at the Ronkonkoma law firm. Navas joined Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in 2010 as a litigation paralegal. She quickly advanced as she began taking on additional responsibilities. Navas is knowledgeable about all the inner workings of the firm, which represents clients in a wide variety of legal matters, including litigation and appeals, insurance, corporate and private equity, technology and intellectual property, government relations, employment, real estate, healthcare and bankruptcy law. Navas handles a myriad of roles, including administration, finance, human resources and business development. She has excellent ...

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    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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  • Well Settled Legal Principles and Proof Required to Prevail

    Three recent appellate decisions, each sparse on fact, nevertheless remind us of the relevance of well settled legal principles and confirm the proof required to prevail on each.The first, Tewksbury Management Group, LLC v. Rogers Investments NV LP1, involves application of the doctrine of res judicata; the second, Bonacasa Realty Company, LLC v. Salvatore2, discusses the concept of piercing the corporate veil; and the third, MH Residential 1, LLC MH v. Barrett3, inter alia, discovery. In Tewksbury, the commercial tenant commenced an action against its landlord claiming landlord breached the lease by failing to obtain a valid certificate of occupancy, remove building violations that allegedly interfered with ...

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    Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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  • CBS and Time Warner Negotiations

    On Aug. 2nd, CBS-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas went dark on Time Warner Cable systems after talks between the companies broke down. Time Warner also removed Showtime and three other cablers from lineups nationwide in the dispute. The blackout was a result of a dispute over CBS’ request for higher fees from the cable company to retransmit CBS stations.They ended their one month battle/contract dispute, with CBS winning not only a significant financial increase for its programming,but also its stake in the digital future. The outcome should set a precedent for cable companies and their view of ...

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    Saturday, November 09th, 2013

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  • Dec 2 – CMM Ronkonkoma Exec Breakfast

    December 2, 2015 Tax Update Presented by Robert Quarté, CPA As 2015 draws to a close, join us to learn year-end tax tips and strategies that will help you minimize any tax season surprises and start your business off on the right foot for  2016. Robert Quarté of Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. (AVZ) will share strategies on individual, business, and retirement planning, the Affordable Care Act, filing deadlines changes, FBAR’s and college savings plans.  With the new year upon us, now is the perfect time to get your business in order and plan for a successful new year. EVENT DETAILS: 8:30am – 9:00am Arrival and ...

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    Monday, November 04th, 2013

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  • October 2013 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    October 2013 Legal Brief - Firm Newsletter

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    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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  • CMM Relocates Offices to Accommodate its Growth

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick is celebrating its 5th anniversary by tripling the size of its office space. The expansion will assist in the firm’s strategic growth plans while improving daily operations to provide outstanding service that their clients have grown to expect. Now located on the fourth floor of 4175 Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma, at the entrance to MacArthur Airport, the new space offers state of the art technology, more offices, a more efficient layout and larger event rooms. Since its inception, Campolo, Middleton has grown to a full service practice now with 17 attorneys. Campolo, Middleton’s growth derives from its philosophy of delivering Big Firm ...

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    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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  • Supreme Court Sharpens Focus on Arbitration and Class Actions

    This blog previously explored the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, in which the Court validated the credit card company’s contract with merchants mandating arbitration and eliminating the possibility of a class action (a result Justice Elena Kagan memorably described as “Too darn bad”). Shortly before deciding the apparently contentious Italian Colors case, however, the Supreme Court unanimously decided Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter. The facts leading up to this case began over a decade ago, when physician Ivan Sutter and Oxford Health Plans entered into an agreement whereby Oxford would pay Dr. Sutter ...

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    Monday, October 28th, 2013

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  • Should You Talk to Your Heirs?

    Last month I discussed how to avoid a Will contest. I noted that one way to at least minimize that risk is to talk to your heirs about your estate plan. It sounds simple, but the subject of inheritance is one that most people arduously avoid for a number of different reasons: superstition, fear, lack of knowledge, or a misguided desire for secrecy. Many adults, such as my parents, were raised to believe that money was a private affair, and that talking about it was inappropriate. But beyond that, many people simply fear that if they talk about their estate ...

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    Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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