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Do I really need to make a business plan?

One survey found that putting together a business plan nearly doubles the odds that a company will be successful or secure investment capital.

Launching a new business in New York involves countless steps. Aside from having a good idea, entrepreneurs are facing financial decisions, logistics, management matters and, of course, the actual work....

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New York enacts strong family leave act

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP December 15, 2016 No commentsUncategorized

New York businesses have long had to track and stay on top of various employment laws covering topics such as discrimination and other civil rights protections. Employees always want to know what type of time off from work they are allowed either in the form of vacation days, sick days, paid holidays and more...

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Guardianships Under Article 81 for the Person, Property, or Both

Daniel Comerford June 19, 2015 No comments Legal Blog Article 81, guardian, Guardianship, incapacitated, Mental Hygiene Law, NY

In New York State, Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law is designed to protect those individuals in our society who can no longer care for themselves. Under Article 81, the court can appoint a family member or anyone they see fit to care for another individual who has been found by the Court to be incapacitated, (also referred...

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Court of Appeals enforces terms of insurance policy

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP March 16, 2015 No commentsUncategorized

On February 19, 2015, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding Allstate Indemnity Company's disclaimer of coverage under a homeowners' insurance policy in Platek v. Town of Hamburg. The Court enforced the unambiguous language of the policy in holding that Allstate was not required to insure a loss that the policy had affirmatively excluded. In September...

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Defense Verdict for Eberle

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP February 10, 2015 No comments Uncategorized

Trial attorney Susan A. Eberle won a favorable medical malpractice defense verdict on behalf of an emergency medicine physician and physician's assistant. The case was tried in New York State Supreme Court located in Niagara Falls, New York. The plaintiff, a 21-year-old male, presented to the emergency department with a history of pain in his left wrist after falling...

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New Procedures for Nurse Practitioners under the NPMA.

Daniel ComerfordJanuary 22, 2015 No comments Legal Blog Nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioner modernization act. NP. Collaboration. Collaboration agreement. Department of education. NPMA. Written agreement. Physician collaboration, Tarantino Law, TheTarantino Law Firm LLP

The dawn of the new year brought with it the inception of the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act ("NPMA"). The NPMA modifies the collaborative relationship requirements for Nurse Practitioners ("NP") with greater than 3600 hours of practice (approximately 2 years, full-time). Experienced NPs are no longer required to have a signed written practice agreement with a physician as a condition...

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Jonathan Martin Speaks on Miami Dolphins Harassment Case

Kevin P. Wicka January 29, 2014No comments Legal Blog Buffalo Discrimination Lawyer , Buffalo Employment Lawyer, Buffalo Race Discrimination Attorney, Jonathan Martin, Kevin Wicka, Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, Tarantino Law, The Tarantino Law Firm LLP

Last month we addressed the employment law issues involving the Miami Dolphins workplace harassment matter surrounding Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin (http://tarantinolaw.com/?p=4201) which appeared as guest column in The Buffalo Law Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/buffalo-law-journal/2013/12/no-room-for-hostility-in-modern.html?iana=ind_legal). Last night on "NBC Nightly News" we finally were able to hear from Jonathan Martin, the alleged victim of the harassment, who was interviewed by Tony...

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Brian Weidner Named Speaker for New York State Bar Association Seminar

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP January 18, 2014 No comments Firm News

Attorney Brian Weidner recently presented as a speaker for a New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled "Medical Malpractice Litigation: Technique, Strategy and Procedure." Mr. Weidner's Topic was "Openings and Summations."

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The Miami Dolphins Incognito Case Not Just a Locker Room but a Workplace

Kevin P. Wicka December 30, 2013 No comments Legal Blog

This Guest Column by Attorney Kevin P. Wicka appeared in the December 23, 2013 print edition of the Buffalo Law Journal and in the on-line edition on December 26, 2013 at http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/buffalo-law-journal/2013/12/no-room-for-hostility-in-modern.html?iana=ind_legal : In recent weeks, there has been significant attention to the story that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito bullied and racially harassed teammate Jonathan Martin to a point...

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2013 Yuletide Challenge

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP December 24, 2013 No comments Firm News

We are proud to announce that our firm employees donated the most toys for the 2013 Yuletide Challenge Toy Drive in the medium-sized firm category. The drive collects toys for children involved in abuse and neglect proceedings and is run by the Young Lawyers Committee for the Bar Association of Erie County. Thank you to all of those who...

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Five questions with... Jenna Strazzulla

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP September 11, 2013 No comments Firm News

By Matt Chandler Buffalo Law Journal - September 11, 2013 I saw that they were looking for a new attorney in the labor and employment department - it was a growing department - and I had some experience working with the EEOC, doing employment discrimination cases. So I thought it would be a great fit for me, with my...

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Awards for Tarantino Attorneys

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP August 18, 2013 No comments Firm News

Congratulations to Attorney Kevin P. Wicka who was named to Legal Elite of WNY 2013 by Buffalo Business First and The Buffalo Law Journal. Attorney Brian J. Weidner was included in The Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants.

8 Super Lawyers at Tarantino Law Firm

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP August 18, 2013 No commentsFirm News

We are honored to have 8 lawyers named as "Super Lawyers" and 1 "Rising Star" for the 2013 Upstate New York Edition. Congratulations to Brian Weidner, Ann Campbell, Janice Barber, Susan Eberle, Kevin Wicka and Jeffrey Wieczkowski for being named "Super Lawyers," and to Daniel Comerford for being named as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star."

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23rd Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Jenna S. StrazzullaAugust 05, 2013 No comments Legal Blog ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Buffalo Employment Lawyer, Employment Discrimination, Jenna S. Strazzulla, Tarantino Law, The Tarantino Law Firm LLP

July 26, 2013 marked the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (the "ADA"). The landmark legislation, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. The ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities which prohibits...

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Supreme Court Ruling Makes It More Difficult to Hold Employers Liable for Discrimination

Jenna S. Strazzulla June 25, 2013 No comments Legal Blog Buffalo Employment Lawyer, Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Jenna S. Strazzulla, Supreme Court, Tarantino Law, The Tarantino Law Firm LLP

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Vance v. Ball State University, limiting the definition of a "supervisor" to those possessing the authority to effect a tangible change in the victim's terms or conditions of employment. The narrowing of the definition of a supervisor is significant because under Title VII an employer's liability for...

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Supreme Court Ruling Holds Retaliation Claims Require Showing of Strict Causation Standard

Jenna S. Strazzulla June 25, 2013 No comments Legal Blog Buffalo Employment Lawyer, Employment Discrimination, Jenna S. Strazzulla, Recent News, Retaliation, Supreme Court, Tarantino Law, The Tarantino Law Firm LLP

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, holding that an individual claiming retaliation has the burden of proving that the retaliation was the determinative factor, not merely a motivating factor, in the adverse employment action. Title VII prohibits two categories of wrongful employer conduct. The first...

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Brian Weidner presented as faculty member for a Continuing Legal Education Video Webcast

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP June 18, 2013 No comments Firm News

Attorney Brian Weidner recently presented as a faculty member for a Continuing Legal Education Video Webcast for the National Business Institute entitled "Medical Malpractice: Expert Witness Issues." Mr. Weidner's Topic was "Daubert Challenges, Testimony and Case Screening."

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Favre Drama Provides a Lesson in the Law

Dan May 28, 2013 No comments Legal Blog legal blog

Below is an article Kevin Wicka wrote in 2011 after the lawsuit was filed. Editor's note: Kevin Wicka is an attorney with The Tarantino Law Firm who specializes in employment law and cases involving workplace harassment. In advance of Super Bowl Sunday, he shared his thoughts on one of the most compelling off-field stories from the 2010 NFL season...

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Jenna S. Strazzulla joins The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP March 18, 2013 No comments Firm News

Jenna S. Strazzulla has joined The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP as an associate attorney. Ms. Strazzulla was most recently working with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on employment discrimination claims under federal law on the basis of age, race, sex and disability. At The Tarantino Law Firm, Ms. Strazzulla will focus her practice on labor and employment litigation representing...

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