October 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 - We've Been Nominated!
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!
New York Attorney General Pushes Back on Non-Compete Agreements
It's a business owner's worst nightmare: an employee leaves to work for a competitor, and tucked into the boxes in which he's packing his diplomas and photos are your customer lists and confidential information.
Threatening to Withhold Commissions Can Render Non-Compete Agreement Unenforceable
Courts are often called upon to interpret the enforceability of restrictive covenants-such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure clauses-contained in employment agreements.  The vast majority of the case law dealing with the enforceability of these clauses often focuses on whether the restrictions are reasonably limited in time and scope, whether they are necessary to protect the employer's legitimate business interests, and whether they unfairly restrict the employee from obtaining future employment in his or her chosen occupation.
When a Charitable Donation is a Bribe
On September 20, 2016, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., a Utah-based skincare products manufacturer, agreed to pay $765,688 to settle SEC charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA").  In short, the FCPA prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials to secure an improper business advantage.
Changing a Beneficiary After Death
Whether we're talking about named beneficiaries on a brokerage account or beneficiaries in a Will, there is a way to change them - even after death.
Women Leading Long Island's East End
Please join us on Thursday, November 10 for breakfast and a panel discussion focusing on the success stories of prominent women who continue to make their mark on Long Island and specifically, the East End.  Kelly Canavan, chair of the Real Estate department at CMM, will moderate a panel of dynamic women who will share their personal experiences and insights about their rise to the top in their careers. Panelists include Andrea Harum Schiavoni, Maria Baum, Stephanie Bitis, Bridget Fleming, and Neela Mukherjee Lockel.