November 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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Best of Long Island - Voting Ends Soon!
We're happy to share that the Long Island community has once again nominated Campolo, Middleton & McCormick as the best law firm and Joe Campolo as the best lawyer on Long Island!  Voting is open until December 15.  Every vote counts!  Please vote here (one vote per IP address per day).  Thanks for your support!
5 Negotiation Mistakes You May Not Know You're Making
Don't be your own worst enemy in a negotiation.  There are plenty of things to be mindful of at the negotiating table - wondering if you're sabotaging your own efforts shouldn't be one of them.  If you recognize yourself in any of the following negotiation behaviors, try taking a step back to reassess your approach.
Sorry for the Delay: The Importance of Giving Timely Notice to Your Insurer
When an insured seeks liability coverage under its general liability or commercial liability policy after it has been sued for personal injuries or death resulting from an accident, New York State Insurance Law ยง 3420(d) requires the insurance company to make its decision to disclaim liability or deny insurance benefits to the insured and provide "written notice as soon as is reasonably possible" to the insured and those persons making the claim.
The Internationalization of Anti-Corruption Investigations and Enforcement
In November 2016, France adopted new anti-corruption legislation permitting deferred prosecution agreements in bribery cases.  In July 2017, Mexico's new anti-corruption law will take effect.  The more-stringent law should prompt all companies operating in Mexico to re-evaluate their anti-corruption compliance programs.  And in February of this year, China released draft amendments of a new law governing commercial bribery that would, among other things, include vicarious liability for employers and liability for bribes paid through third parties.
Estate Planning and Estate Tax Forecast
Well, the election has come and gone.  What does that mean in terms of estate planning and estate tax? As a quick review, the current federal estate tax exemption is $5.45 million and is scheduled to increase to $5.49 million as of January 1, 2017.  Each year it goes up a bit as it's indexed by inflation.  This means that there is only federal estate tax for any transfer of wealth above the exemption.  
Important New DMCA Safe Harbor Requirements for Web Operators
If you or your company has a website or app that hosts material submitted by users or that provides links to materials to other websites, take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has a new electronic filing system for registering websites, apps and other online platforms for "safe harbor" protection from copyright infringement liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").
CMM Prevails Before World 
Intellectual Property Organization

CMM's Intellectual Property team, led by Eryn Truong, scored a win for our client in a matter before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency and the global forum for IP services.  CMM opposed a challenge to our client's use of a web address by the website's former owner. The WIPO panel found that we established that there was compelling evidence that the former owner had abandoned its trademark rights and that our client had not acted in bad faith in using the address.  This victory was great news for our client, for whom use of the web address was critical.
Jack Harrington
The firm is proud to support a variety of organizations in our community. Please join us at these holiday celebrations:  

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County - Holiday Light Show
East End Arts - Holiday Gift Boutique
LIBI - Holiday Party
Stony Brook University Staller Center for the Arts - The Nutcracker