December 2016
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Located in both the heart of Long Island and on the East End, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is Suffolk County's premier law firm. Over the past generation, our attorneys have played a central role in the most critical legal issues and transactions affecting Long Island. The firm's commitment to excellence has earned accolades from the business community, including the prestigious HIA-LI Business Achievement Award and LIBN Corporate Citizenship Award, a spot on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Law Firms, and the coveted title of Best Law Firm on Long Island.
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Commercial Tenant "had a meaningful choice to walk away": Court Rejects Unconscionability Arguments Regarding Late Fees and Electric Charges
In 2010, the First Department, in dismissing a claim by commercial tenants that electric charges were unconscionable,  held that the plaintiffs had failed to establish "a lack of meaningful choice, and noted that the commercial tenants were free to not rent from the defendant and go elsewhere."
Disclosure of Protected Health Information: It's Not All About HIPAA
Anyone who's had a doctor's appointment in the past 20 years is familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (known affectionately-or not-as HIPAA).  Undoubtedly, if your business collects and shares protected health information, you and HIPAA are old friends.  However, many healthcare providers don't realize that HIPAA isn't the only game in town.  It's also critical to analyze all of your statements to consumers together and ensure that your disclosures are not deceptive under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act.  
Shifting the Costs of Discovery
Clients embroiled in litigation are often very concerned with the overwhelming costs of discovery, especially when document production can involve sorting through thousands upon thousands of emails and other electronically stored documents to respond to the opposing party's requests.  Generally speaking, litigants are responsible for their own discovery costs in litigation.  However, certain circumstances call for the shifting of those costs.
JP Morgan Pays $264 Million to Resolve "Princelings" FCPA Investigation
Last month, JP Morgan entered into a landmark settlement agreement in which it agreed to pay $264.4 million to the DOJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") offenses for providing jobs to the relatives of Chinese government officials to secure the underwriting of Chinese state-owned companies' initial public offerings ("IPO").  While this is not the first time an American company has settled an FCPA case on similar facts, the JP Morgan investigation trumps all others in terms of its scope and the audacity of the alleged bribery scheme.  
Hospital Patients Are Entitled to Admission Status Information
Last year, President Obama signed the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (better known as the "NOTICE Act"). The NOTICE Act became effective on August 6, 2016.  It may not seem like a big deal, but the Act requires hospitals to inform patients whether the patients have been admitted to the hospital on "inpatient" status versus "observation" status.
Roadmap to a Valuable Teaming Agreement
Recently, a client inquired about forming a joint venture with another company to bid on government solicitations.  While joint ventures are one vehicle, there is another option that is often less expensive and less risky: a teaming arrangement, which is memorialized in a Teaming Agreement.  Generally, teaming arrangements are organized so that one company is the prime contractor and one or more other companies are subcontractors.  
CMM Represents ServiceAide, Inc. in Acquisition from CA Technologies

The firm's  Corporate team, led by CMM partner  Christine Malafirepresented industry leader ServiceAide, Inc. i n its acquisition of IT Service Manageme nt S oftware  Cloud Service Management (CSM) from CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA).  
The firm is proud to support the fine arts in our local community by sponsoring the Stony Brook University Staller Center for the Arts. Throughout the year, the Staller Center presents diverse professional and university performances, exhibits, festivals, and other special events. Please join us at these upcoming productions. Click on the links for more information and to purchase tickets.


3/26/17: Cashore Marionettes
Staller Center Gala

CMM Business Breakfast:  "Never Eat Alone: Put Your Network to Work in 2017"
Highly successful people know how to leverage the power of relationships.  Please join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott, 5000 Express Drive South in Ronkonkoma for breakfast, networking, and a look at how to make meaningful connections in the new year!  CMM Managing Partner  Joe Campolo   will share lessons from Keith Ferrazzi's bestselling business classic,  Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. The presentation will include specific action items that master networkers use to create and build genuine relationships that are win-win for all parties. Put your network to work for you in 2017 with these powerful strategies.
LIMBA Relaunches in 2017 with New Format and CMM as Major Corporate Sponsor
Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP and  LIMBA the longsta nding catalyst for transportati on and economic improvement on Long Island, are pleased to announce that they have joined forces for 2017 to promote the needs of Long Island and expand their reach in the community.  As major corporate sponsor of LIMBA, CMM will co-host six LIMBA meetings in the new year featuring a new interactive Q&A format.   The first joint meeting will feature U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott, 5000 Express Drive South in Ronkonkoma, at 8:00 a.m.
CMM Welcomes Laura Blasberg
CMM is pleased to welcome  Laura Blasberg to the firm.  Blasberg offers experienced representation in general tax, estate planning, and tax controversy matters for individuals and businesses throughout Long Island and New York State.  A published author on estate planning and taxation issues, Blasberg has represented clients in the real estate, finance, fashion, and publishing industries as well as hotel owners, public utilities, plumbers, contractors, and many other fields.  She also counsels both sellers and buyers of real estate to minimize their tax liability and achieve their business goals.