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Michael J. Antongiovanni Obtained Appellate Victory Dismissing Breach of Contract Claim and $2 Million In Damages

Litigation partner, Michael J. Antongiovanni, recently obtained an appellate victory in the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing a plaintiff’s claim for an alleged breach of a
commercial lease and $2 million dollars in damages.  Plaintiff claimed that the client’s sale of her shares of a corporation triggered plaintiff’s right of first refusal under its commercial lease of the real property owned by the corporation.  Mr. Antongiovanni successfully argued before the lower court and again on appeal that structuring the transaction as a
corporate stock sale was based on a legitimate business purpose and not in bad faith.  Thus, the right of first refusal was not triggered by the stock transaction.


Meyer Suozzi Awards Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship to Cornell Law School Student

             Melissa J. Lin

August 19, 2020, (Garden City, NY), Melissa J. Lin, a student at Cornell Law School, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. Established in 2004, the scholarship is funded by Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and administered by The New York Bar Foundation. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to second-year law students in New York State who excel in legal writing and advocacy.

To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must submit an essay that demonstrates technical writing skills, critical thinking, and advocacy. Ms. Lin’s winning paper, entitled “Covert Predation of Personal Consumer Information: Gaping Deficiencies in Federal Oversight of the Online Behavioral Advertising Industry,” focuses on the many privacy issues implicated by today’s online behavioral advertising industry.

In accepting the award, Ms. Lin stated: “I am humbled by this opportunity to honor Judge Meyer and his legacy. Many thanks to the New York Bar Foundation and Meyer Suozzi for supporting law students as we learn to do what lawyers do best: advocate for those in need. This scholarship has allowed me to highlight how the current federal legislative scheme leaves consumer privacy vulnerable to the predation techniques of the online behavioral advertising industry. In our ever-advancing, rapidly evolving world, this issue serves as an important reminder that society must influence and alter laws that trail behind change — in technology, societal norms, or otherwise.”

Ms. Lin anticipates on receiving her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2021.

The Scholarship Selection Committee, which judges the essay submissions in a blind reading, was comprised of Andrew J. Turro, Member of Meyer Suozzi, Hon. Michael A. Ciaffa, former Nassau County District Court Judge, and Gioia Gensini, Chair of the Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation.


About Hon. Bernard S. Meyer

Judge Meyer practiced law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York until his election in 1958, as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, where he served for 14 years. Judge Meyer was an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979-1986 and practiced with Meyer Suozzi from 1987 through 2005. The Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship was established in his memory, to serve New York State’s legal profession.

Michael J. Antongiovanni Obtained Summary Judgement Dismissing $1.2 Million Claim

Litigation Partner, Michael J. Antongiovanni, recently obtained summary judgment in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County, dismissing a $1.2 million claim to enforce a personal guaranty of a commercial lease, successfully arguing that the guaranty did not extend to the assignee of the lease and that certain modifications to the lease extinguished the guaranty.

Meyer Suozzi Managing Attorney, Patricia Galteri Chosen As Winner of 2020 International Advisory Experts Award

Meyer Suozzi is proud to announce that Patricia Galteri has been chosen as a winner of the 2020 International Advisory Experts Award for Wills, Trusts & Estates Law in New York.

International Advisory Experts (IAE) is a global network of well-established and experienced legal, financial, tax and consulting firms and each year pay tribute to firms and attorneys who have been successful over the past 12 months and have received exceptional praise from their peers. Winners are chosen by an independent panel vetted by IAE’s research team.

For more information on the International Advisory Experts, click here.

Michael J. Antongiovanni Appointed To Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association

On June 2, 2020, Michael J. Antongiovanni was installed for a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association is a professional membership association for attorneys. It is the leading source for legal information and services for the legal profession and the local community in Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Labor department releases required poster, issues first guidance on coronavirus response act

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the first of periodic guidance to help employers and employees understand their obligations and protections under phase II of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will take effect April 1.

Among other provisions, phase II will require most employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide 12 weeks of protected leave to eligible employees who are unable to work because their child’s school or place of care is closed or their child care provider is unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a public health emergency. Employees who are unable to telework are included in the provision.

The U.S. Secretary of Labor has the authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from providing that protected leave if the business demonstrates that the leave requirements would “jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.” The labor secretary can also exclude certain health care providers from the definition of eligible employees.

As of this writing, the Department of Labor has not determined the specific criteria that those small businesses would need to meet in order to take advantage of the exemption, but is expected to do so before the new requirement, which amends the Family Medical Leave Act, takes effect April 1. The emergency amendment is set to expire Dec. 31. CDA will communicate the criteria to dentists when they become available.

The new DOL guidance includes a fact sheet for employers, a fact sheet for employees and a Q&A. The employer fact sheet details the requirements of the act, qualifying reasons for leave, duration and pay calculation of leave, penalties and enforcement and tax credits.

Tax credits for employers

Employers that are required to comply with the emergency leave will qualify for a dollar-for-dollar reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages paid to an employee who takes leave under the act for a qualifying reason, up to the appropriate per diem and aggregate payment caps. THE DOL guidance states that applicable tax credits also extend to amounts paid or incurred to maintain health insurance coverage.

New poster for placement in dental office

A poster published by the labor department detailing employees’ rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is also now available. Each covered employer must post a notice of the act’s requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. Or, an employer can satisfy the posting requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. The downloadable poster covers paid-leave entitlements, employee eligibility, qualifying reasons for leave related to COVID-19 and enforcement.

CDA will update members as soon as the Department of Labor publishes the criteria that small businesses with fewer than 50 employees will need to meet to qualify for the exemption as well as potential exemptions for certain health care personnel, which may include dental staff. Watch the newsroom and for updates.


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Meyer Suozzi’s Update & Response to COVID-19

To Our Clients and Friends:

To protect the health and safety of our clients, staff, families, and our community at large, we are taking every necessary precaution to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As of the end of business on Monday, March 16, 2020, Meyer Suozzi’s workforce shifted to a remote environment.  We are meeting with our clients on a virtual basis, and participating in telephone or remote teleconferences. It should be noted that following our decision, effective immediately, that starting on March 22, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued a statewide executive order for businesses, mandating that all workers in non-essential businesses are require to stay home until further notice. This mandate excludes only those businesses that provide food, healthcare, shipping and supplies. Moreover, the Governor indicated that if the spread of the virus does not level off, further workforce restrictions will be implemented.

Be assured that Meyer Suozzi’s technological capabilities provide secure state of the art remote access to our electronic file server and emails.  Additionally, our attorneys and staff have all the supplies and resources necessary to operate remotely without interruption as we continue to be diligent and attentive to our clients’ legal needs and provide effective representation to our clients.

As we navigate these extremely challenging times, our offices will provide our clients and friends with updated information about our operations.

We wish you good health and thank you for your continued trust in Meyer Suozzi.


Paul Millus Coaches NCBA Mock Trial Team

Paul F. Millus has been coaching the Floral Park Memorial High School, Nassau County Bar Association (“NCBA”) Mock Trial Team.  Each year, NCBA lawyers volunteer to encourage and motivate high school students to consider a career in the legal profession by giving them support and advice to argue a real case in a real courtroom during Mock Trial. The annual New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament, the nation’s largest, provides students with hands-on opportunities to further their understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system, while honing their speaking, listening, reading and reasoning skills. With more than 45 high schools, and more than 500 students participating, the Nassau contest is the largest single-county competition in the state. On March 4, 2020, the team will be entering Round III (“the Intermediate Round”) which now consists of 32 teams.

Paul Millus Appointed Member of Touro Law’s Board of Governors

On February 19th, Paul F. Millus was appointed a new member of Touro Law’s Board of Governors. Mr. Millus’ enthusiasm, knowledge of the Touro College community, and a recommendation from Lois Schlissel was what led the Board of Governors to make this decision.

Since 1995, Touro Law Center has honored distinguished members of our community and alumni at our annual “With Liberty & Justice for All” Dinner Celebration. Each year, we recognize their outstanding achievements and commitments to the community with an induction into the Builders Society. The Builders Society was created to recognize and celebrate those individuals who played a role in the establishment and in the creation of a solid foundation for the Law Center.

Matthew M. Marcucci Receives LIBN’s 40 Under 40 Award

On February 6, 2020, Matthew M. Marcucci received Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 Award. Since 1998, Long Island Business News has celebrated outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector.They have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.