Felicello Law

Felicello Law P.C. provides legal advisory and litigation services, primarily to the financial industry. We provide our clients with top quality legal advice and personal attention. 2002 - ABOUT FELICELLO LAW Nunc eu ullamcorper orci. Quisque eget odio ac lectus vestibulum faucibus eget in metus. In pellentesque faucibus. Nunc eu ullamcor per orci. Quisque eget odio ac lectus vestibulum faucibus eget in metus. In pellentesque faucibus. 2007 - VIVAMUS HENDERIT Nullam in dui mauris. Vivamus hendrerit arcu sed erat molestie vehicula. Sed auctor neque eu tellus rhoncus ut eleifend nibh porttitor. Ut in nulla enim. Phasellus molestie magna. 2008 - PRAESENT ID METUS Sed auctor neque eu tellus rhoncus ut eleifend nibh porttitor. Ut in nulla enim. Phasellus molestie magna non est bibendum non venenatis nisl tempor. Suspendisse dictum feugiat nisl ut dapibus. Mauris iaculis porttitor posuere. Praesent id metus massa, ut blandit odio. Proin quis tortor orci. Etiam at risus et justo dignissim congue. Donec congue lacinia dui, a porttitor lectus condimentum laoreet. Nunc eu ullamcorper orci. Quisque eget odio.

Meet the Team:

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Mayra Smiths

Jacob Marshall

Jacob Marshall

Marcia Lanham

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Our Philosophy:

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In the Press:


“Pay-for-delay” Deals – Anticompetitive or Appropriate & Reasonable Settlements?

This morning the FTC released a staff report that purports to assess the number of “pay-for-delay” deals entered into by brand and generic drug companies.

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2011 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program for the Fiscal Year 2011, which ended on September 30th..


Steve Cohen, SAC, the SEC & Unintended Consequences

Approximately four months ago, the hedge fund company owned and run by Steve Cohen agreed to pay the SEC approximately $616 million to settle allegations.

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5 Key Contract Terms

Do your eyes glaze over when you’re reviewing your company’s contracts with its suppliers or customers? If so, you’re not alone. Contracts can be long,.

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5 Things You Can Learn About Business Divorce From The Good Wife Season Finale

(Spoiler alert: This post includes a discussion of the plot from the episode of The Good Wife that aired on Sunday, May 18, 2014.)  1. Breaking.

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6 Steps You Should Take If Your Supplier Delivers Damaged Goods

If your business is product-based, sooner or later one of your suppliers is bound to deliver damaged goods. Here are six steps you should take.

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A Primer on the JOBS Act

There has been a lot of press recently about the JOBS Act and what it means for small investors and start-ups. The official short title of.

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On Friday, April 5, 2013, Anhueser-Busch Inbev (“ABI”) announced that it had reached an “agreement in principle” with the U.S. Department of Justice in connection.

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Basic Healthcare Coverage in the U.S. Will Continue to be a Patchwork Stitched by Politicians and Insurers.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) gave the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) the power to update minimum healthcare coverage nationwide.

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Bitcoins: Tulips or Gold?

Is Bitcoin the currency of the future? A recent Bank of America research report touted the “many benefits” of Bitcoin including low transaction costs and.


By the Purse String

It’s no surprise that Big Law is welcoming, and perhaps incubating, the rise of investment in high-stakes lawsuits.  As Barry Ostrager,  whose standard rate is.


Does short selling + lobbying = stock market manipulation?

As extensively detailed by the NY Times in a recent article, this is the business model of Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management’s short bet.

Felicello Law Presents: Branding Your Best Asset — You

“BE YOURSELF; EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN.” — Oscar Wilde 1854-1900 Branding Your Best Asset- YOU With Robyn Hatcher, Communication Coach & Tania Sterl, Image.

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Green Mountain Coffee, Einhorn, & the Media as the Short-Sellers’ Pulpit

The N.Y. Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others are reporting that David Einhorn’s presentation on Monday at the Value Investing Congress caused Green Mountain.


Happy Third Birthday to the SEC’s Whistleblower Program!

The SEC’s Final Rules for the program were effective as of August 12, 2011. Through the end of Fiscal Year 2013, the SEC received 6,573.

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The Department of Justice thinks so. It filed suit today (Jan. 31, 2013) to prevent consummation of the planned merger, which was announced June 29,.


Is the hedge fund culture fundamentally non-compliant?

Hedge fund managers are quick to point to their “culture of compliance” when responding to allegations of wrong-doing, but are hedge funds wired to shirk.

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Judge Rakoff Strikes Again: No Deal for S.E.C. and Citi

In an opinion released today, District Court Judge Rakoff rejects a proposed Consent Judgment agreed to by the S.E.C. and Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. because.

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Key Features of the New Whistleblower Provisions of Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act

On Friday, August 12, 2011, the United States Securities & Exchange Commission’s new Whistleblower Provisions went into effect. Here are the key points you should.

Lessons Learned

Key Lessons From the NYC Bar Association’s “How-to” of Successful Motion Practice CLE Panel

On March 5th, Jane Chuang and Rosanne Felicello co-chaired an event at the NYC Bar Association on the “how-to” of successful motion practice. The panelists.

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Making the Case for Small Law

I used to work at large, national law firms (often referred to as Biglaw). My clients were often Fortune 500 companies. When I worked on.

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New S.E.C. Settlement Policy — If you admit to criminal liability, you must admit to civil liability if charged for the same conduct.

As reported today by the WSJ and Forbes.com, the S.E.C. announced a change in its settlement policy. Under its previous policy, a defendant could be.


No SOX Whistleblower Protection for Employees in the Mutual Fund Industry According to 1st Circuit Decision in Lawson

Check out Rosanne’s recent article in Securities Litigation Report: No SOX Whistleblower Protection for Employees in the Mutual Fund Industry According to 1st Circuit Decision.

Lessons Learned

One Year Anniversary!

Today is the firm’s one year anniversary! It has been an exciting year! Leaving the safety net of biglaw has been challenging and rewarding. I.

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Patents and Antitrust Enforcement – Is it time for a re-balance of rights?

The WSJ’s recent article on patents and antitrust regulation asks the question, “In an industry susceptible to monopolies, are companies abusing patent rights to stifle competition?” But maybe the question should be, “What is the proper balance between innovation and competition and how can we formulate the patent laws to achieve this balance?”

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Rosanne to Co-Chair the NYC Bar’s Upcoming “How-to” of Successful Motion Practice

Mark your calendars. On March 5th from 6-9 pm, the Honorable Barbara R. Kapnik, Honorable Saliann Scarpulla, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, and attorney Peter Tomlinson.

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Rosanne to Speak About Preliminary Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders

Rosanne will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “Preliminary Injunctions and TROs in Commercial Disputes” scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 1:00pm-2:30pm.

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Should You Crowdfund Your Business?

For new or would-be entrepreneurs, the central priority is often raising cash. Even when the start-up costs associated with the invention or development of the business idea are low, there is a need for outside capital to market the business to the public. If you use a site that is claiming to crowdfund and it doesn’t meet the SEC requirements for the Crowdfund exemption (which it cannot possibly do right now because the requirements are not yet known), you may inadvertently violate the federal securities laws. There are many other options for raising capital, including angel investing, private equity, and other means that access the capital of accredited (i.e. high net worth) investors. The bottom line is if you are interested in raising money for your business, you should consult an attorney to make sure you do not inadvertently violate any securities laws.

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The “No One Works On Friday Evening” Amendment?

As the NY Times recently reported, law firm WilmerHale may have been 1-2 days late when it filed an application for a patent extension for.

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The JOBS Act from a Securities Litigation Perspective

Though it is primarily addressed at jumpstarting the initial public offering (IPO) market for startups and emerging growth companies (EGCs), the recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

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The JOBS Act in the news:

The S.E.C. and the S.B.A. are teaming up to promote new options for raising capital under the JOBS Act for small businesses. The first event.

The Misguided, Exception-Laden Volker Rule

If you want people to follow a rule, (1) the rule needs to be clear and easily understood and (2) there must be a clear.


The Risky Business of Product Innovation

If you develop a drug product, patent it, and bring it to market, are you required to continue to make it available for sale even.

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The WillaGirl / Wella Trademark Dispute Has Been Resolved

Procter & Gamble and WillaGirl have resolved their trademark dispute before trial. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but WillaGirl will be.

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Top Contract Lessons From the “Best Deal in Sports”

What can you learn from the N.B.A.’s contract fail?

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Upcoming JOBS Act CLE

Rosanne will be presenting a CLE on the JOBS Act this Friday (4/5/2013) at Lawline.com. Click through to sign up:  http://www.lawline.com/cle/course-details.php?i=2824#.UVyIipNwp8E

Welcome to Felicello Law P.C.

Here’s a link to our new video about the legal services offered by Felicello Law P.C.

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We’ve moved!

Felicello Law is excited to announce that it has moved to midtown. We are now conveniently located near Grand Central at 40th St & 3rd.


Why Aren’t Individuals Being Punished for the Financial Crisis?

Today’s actions by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Bank of America describe misconduct conducted by numerous individuals but.

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Why did the Supreme Court grant cert. to Lawson v. FMR LLC?

The Supreme Court may have decided to review the Lawson decision because its reasoning is in direct contrast to the Supreme Court’s recent, landmark decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP (2011).

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Why Hiring a Lawyer May Keep You Out of Court

Are you planning to start a new business or introduce a new product or brand to the market? These activities may increase your risk of.


Why Your Growing Business Doesn’t Need to Hire a [Full-Time] Lawyer

As an emerging business, you may not need a full-time lawyer on your payroll, i.e. you probably do not have enough legal issues to keep.

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Will the ostrich defense work this time?

Thomas Weisel, the investment banker who provided financial support to Lance Armstrong during his seven Tour de France wins, denies that he knew that Mr..

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Will the Spitzer Wall Ever Come Down?

Since the global settlement of various enforcement actions in the investment banking industry in 2003 and 2004 timeframe (known as the “Spitzer Settlement” or “Global.

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Will this be the summer of SEC settlements relating to the mortgage-backed securities crisis?

On July 18, 2012, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Mizuho Securities USA for $127.5 million in connection with charges that Mizuho.

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WillaGirl v. Wella – A worthy trademark dispute?

What struck me most about today’s N.Y. Times article about a start-up cosmetics company focused on pre-teens, WillaGirl LLC, and “trademark bully” Procter & Gamble.

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Would the Volker Rule have prevented the collapse of MF Global?

A number of news articles suggest that a ban on all proprietary trading may have prevented MF Global from collapsing.** It certainly would have prevented it from.

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