William McDonald

  • CMM’s Litigation Team Successfully Moves to Dismiss All Counterclaims in Unfair Competition Case

    When a successful tire distribution company learned that one of its employees had been secretly operating a competing business for over four years while still working for the company and that key client files had gone missing and accounts stolen, they engaged Campolo, Middleton & McCormick to bring a lawsuit against the employee alleging misappropriation, unfair competition, and related claims. In response, the (now former) employee asserted numerous counterclaims against the tire company, including slander and defamation. Recognizing that the counterclaims were the employee’s attempt to distract the court from the damages  our client seeks in the lawsuit, CMM’s litigation ...

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    Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

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  • New York Court Issues Minority Shareholder-Friendly Decision in Controlling Stockholder Merger

    In a decision that could make New York a more attractive venue for shareholders of Delaware-incorporated companies, a New York trial court recently permitted a class action suit challenging a corporation’s acquisition by its controlling stockholder to proceed. The decision signals to Delaware entities that New York courts may be less likely to defer to controlling stockholders than Delaware courts, potentially paving the way for an influx of New York lawsuits involving Delaware corporations. Under the MFW test, established by the Supreme Court of Delaware in its seminal decision Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (2013), controlling stockholders are entitled ...

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    Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

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  • CMM Live: The Nonprofit Sector with Amanda Talty and Karen Boorshtein

    Visibility is key for the nonprofit sector on Long Island. This episode of CMM Live features two amazing women in nonprofit leadership to discuss mental healthcare, shutting down bullying, teaming up with the business community, and fighting for funding in the nonprofit sector. We first welcomed Amanda Talty, President & CEO of Tourette Association of America (TAA) who talked about destigmatizing Tourette and Tic disorders and how the “visibility factor” affects everything from diagnosis to education. Next, we have Karen Boorshtein, President & CEO of Family Service League (FSL), who discusses FSL’s commitment to being “Long Island’s Safety Net” and ...

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    Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

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  • CMM Spotlight: Bob Giglione Photography

    “Good photography is critical to business. If you want to portray yourself as a professional, you need a professional photo.” That’s where Bob Giglione comes in, having spent the last two decades photographing nearly every major corporate event and business leader on Long Island. Making his way from film to digital technology, from joining the then-fledgling Long Island Business News as its primary photographer in 1997 to operating his own successful photography business today, Giglione’s vision has remained the same: showcase Long Island success stories, and make the people behind those stories look good, portraying them as happy, successful, and ...

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    Monday, July 16th, 2018

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  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    By Bernadette Starzee Last October, a law prohibiting employers from asking about salary history at all stages of the hiring process took effect in New York City. The law’s primary aim was to close the gender pay gap, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to pass a similar law statewide. Laws similar to the New York City law are already in place or will be effective soon in several nearby jurisdictions, including Westchester County, Connecticut, Albany and Massachusetts. The penalty for what is deemed an unintentional look into a person’s salary history can be as high as $125,000 for each violation, while it ...

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    Friday, July 06th, 2018

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  • Wayfair Decision Updates a 26-Year-Old Law for the Modern E-Commerce Marketplace

    Laws constantly evolve to adapt to modern society. Situations that were once impossible to imagine (such as buying hand soap from a distant warehouse at the click of a button and having it appear on your doorstep the next day) are now routine. As such, it is impossible to craft legal rules to anticipate the future. The power of the internet has amplified this discrepancy, and its ever-growing presence has sent shockwaves through the legal system. In this altered landscape, many existing legal rules no longer achieve their intended purpose and must be adapted to address the rapid advancement of ...

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    Friday, June 29th, 2018

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  • Campolo’s Interviews of Prominent Newsmakers & Personalities

    In addition to his legal work and community involvement, CMM Managing Partner Joe Campolo has built a reputation as a skilled and thought-provoking interviewer of prominent newsmakers and personalities. Major interviews include: Gwen O’Shea, President & CEO of Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) (CMM Live – June 2018) Sal Ferro, President & CEO of Alure Home Improvements (CMM Live – June 2018) Marty Schmitt, President of Flexible Systems (CMM Live – June 2018) Kevin Edwards, Director of Compliance of Flexible Systems (CMM Live – June 2018) Dr. James Hayward, President & CEO of Applied DNA Sciences (CMM Live – June 2018) Ken Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates (CMM ...

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    Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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  • CMM June/July Newsletter: Spotlighting Success on Long Island

    CMM June/July Newsletter: Spotlighting Success on Long Island

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    Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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  • Courts Narrow Non-Compete Agreements to Protect Legitimate Business Interests Only

    There has been an aggressive push over the past couple of years by state legislators around the country and the federal government to enact legislation prohibiting or limiting the use of non-compete agreements by employers.  One such bill, entitled the Workplace Mobility Act, was introduced in the U.S. Senate in late April 2018 and seeks to, among other things, prevent employers from “enter to enforce a covenant not to compete with any employee of such employer, who in any workweek is engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”  Locally, the New York ...

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    Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

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  • McCormick Joins Hon. James Hudson to Receive Directors’ Award from Suffolk County Bar Association

    The Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA), one of the largest voluntary bar associations in New York State, honored Campolo, Middleton & McCormick partner Patrick McCormick with a Directors’ Award at the 110th Annual Installation Dinner on June 15, 2018 at the East Wind in Wading River. McCormick’s fellow honoree for the Directors’ Award was Hon. James Hudson, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Commercial Division. The awards recognize “conscientious and meritorious service to the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk Academy of Law” as well as “zeal and enthusiasm for all of the activities of the Association and the Academy.” McCormick ...

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    Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

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