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KGG Law Firm Files Class Action Against Fisher-Price, INC. & Mattel, INC. Over Defective Rock ‘N Play Sleepers

On June 14, 2019, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. filed a class action against the toy company, Fisher-Price, Inc. and its corporate parent company, Mattel, Inc.  The allegations include violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, breach of implied warranty and merchantability, negligent misrepresentation, consumer fraud and other claims, arising out of the aggressive marketing tactics used by Fisher-Price to sell its Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, a product known by Defendants to be unsafe for infants.  Fisher-Price and Mattel’s representations to consumers stated that the Rock ‘n Play was a safe product “designed for all-night sleep”.  The Complaint alleges that this contradicted the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s warnings about the dangers of an inclined infant and took advantage of millions of consumers’ unsuspecting trust of the advertised product’s distributors, Fisher-Price and Mattel. Fisher-Price and Mattel’s fraudulent representations of the product’s safety, combined with unwary consumer trust…
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KGG Law Proud to Sponsor “Dancing With the Stars” For United Hospice of Rockland

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman has long championed United Hospice of Rockland for the service and support it provides to members of our community in the most difficult of times. We are proud to be “Presenting Sponsor” of “Dancing With Our Stars,” the Hospice’s October 20th gala event at the Hilton Pearl River. This year, partner Gary Graifman will be dancing at the event, and Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman will be honored for our ongoing support of Hospice. The dancer that raises the most money for Hospice will be crowned the winner! You can support Gary by purchasing a journal ad, sponsorship, or making a “People’s Choice” donation in his honor. Visit https://hospiceofrockland.org/events/gala2019 to register for the event, become a sponsor, or make a donation. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

KGG Law Announces 2019 Pre-Law Scholarship Winner Joshua Weinfeld

The New York law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is very pleased to announce that Rockland Community College Honors student Joshua Weinfeld is the recipient of the 2019 KGG Law Pre-Law Scholarship. Each year for nearly four decades we have provided a financial scholarship to an outstanding graduating RCC student who is going on to a 4-year college and who has expressed an interest in going to law school when he or she graduates. Josh is headed to Binghamton University and we wish him well! Josh has successfully maintained an honors-level GPA, received a favorable recommendation from RCC faculty, and wrote a compelling essay explaining why he wants to attend law school. We look forward to maintaining contact with Josh to hear about his ongoing achievements throughout his academic career. KGG Law Supports Local Communities KGG Law has been giving out scholarships for decades, ever since Walter Kantrowitz was the Chairman of…
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Giving to a Dying Spouse: What Are the Tax Implications?

NY & NJ estate lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer was selected to the Super Lawyers® list in 2014-15. In addition to practicing matrimonial law, he maintains a busy schedule of lectures, charitable work, and media appearances. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Say taxpayer Harry is likely to live only a few years and spouse Jane has $100,000 of stock with a cost basis of $20,000. Jane transfers the shares to Harry and reacquires them under Harry’s will. The $80,000 profit escapes income taxation. Gimmicky? Yes, but Congress permits this maneuver, so long as Harry holds the shares for at least a year. If there’s less time than that, there still may be a way to make the escape from capital gain taxes. The one-year rule doesn’t apply if the assets do not go right back to the person who started with…
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$500K Capital Gain Exemption on House Sale Explained

New York & New Jersey estate lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer is a 2014-2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers® honoree. Above and beyond his work in matrimonial law, he keeps up a full schedule of teaching, charity work, and TV and radio appearances. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: A house is in a wife’s sole name and has never been in the husband’s name. Each party is entitled to a $250,000 capital gain exemption. I believe the joint $500,000 exemption is available, so long as the parties are married and file taxes jointly, notwithstanding that the house is in one party’s sole name.    Is this correct?      TRUE. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHOSE NAME THE HOUSE IS IN, AS LONG AS A JOINT RETURN IS FILED.

What the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Has to Do with Divorce

NY & NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at the NY & NJ law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer was named by the prestigious Superlawyers.com as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 for his work in matrimonial and estate law. Paul keeps busy with teaching, lecturing, charity work and as a guest on a wide range of media outlets. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as DSM-5,  is a published book describing mental disorders. It has been used as the “bible” for recognizing mental disorders. But it has been subject to severe criticism in the last 25 years, sometimes for excluding disorders and sometimes for including what may be in the normal range of human conduct. “Normal” cuts a wide swath. Published first in 1953, it has gone through 8 reiterations, starting from a small pamphlet and growing…
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What Not to Do During Your Divorce

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale ranks the stress of divorce second only to the death of a spouse or child. Divorce stresses people out more than imprisonment, death of another family member, personal injury or illness, or losing employment. High levels of cortisol stress hormone can alter the brain’s ability to function properly, including: Disrupting synapse regulation Causing a decline in sociability Killing brain cells Making it harder to make decisions Shrinking the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning Increasing the size of the amygdala, which can make the brain more sensitive to stress Putting you in constant fight-or-flight mode So, the best step you can take is to assemble a team of trusted counselors who can help you navigate this troubled time. A New Jersey or New York divorce attorney at KGG Law brings decades of experience in divorce law. Here we…
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KGG Law Firm Investigating Falsely Labeled SAM-e Supplements

Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., a law firm with a nationwide consumer fraud class action practice, is currently investigating potential consumer fraud claims on behalf of purchasers of S-adenosylmethionine (also referred to as “os-adenosyl-methionine” or “SAMe” or “SAM-e” or “SAME” or “samee”) supplements which are fraudulently labeled and place consumers in risk of bodily harm. SAM-e supplements are commonly sold in the form of a synthesized compound combining active SAM-e raw material, tosylate disulfate inactive salt and special tablet coding, and is referred to together as SAM-e tosylate disulfate. Several companies selling SAM-e dietary supplements through Amazon and other forums — including Vitamins Because You Are Worth It, NusaPure, aSquared Nutrition, We Like Vitamins and BoostCeuticals –, advertise false quantities of SAM-e per serving, which at times have been found to contain as little as 12-17% of the advertised amount of SAM-e. Their falsely stated SAM-e quantities and low retail…
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Interesting Estate Issue on Joint Accounts

NY and NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with office locations in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.  Among many other awards and citations Mr. Goldhamer has accrued over the years, Superlawyers.com honored Paul with its prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation in 2014. When not practicing law, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with speaking engagements, media outreach and charitable services. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Recently a new client stuck in a family argument as to distribution of a parent’s assets asked me a question, to which I did not have a definitive answer. His current estate lawyer was ready to throw in the towel on the issue. His siblings’ estate lawyer had put forth the position that assets ($800,000. In this case) passed by a bank account with joint survivorship benefits to the brother we’re not properly excluded from the distribution by…
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Can Alimony Payments Be Terminated When You Retire?

NY and NJ divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with office locations in Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.  Among many other awards and citations Mr. Goldhamer has accrued over the years, Superlawyers.com honored Paul with its prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation in 2014. When not practicing law, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with speaking engagements, media outreach and charitable services. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: RETIREMENT: Do you wonder if your support obligations can cease upon retirement? Another good job by KGG: “The motion judge considered that defendant was seventy-five. He also considered defendant’s health, and noted he had cardiac problems, a pacemaker, was hospitalized for cardiac arrhythmia, and required thirteen different medications. Plaintiff did not rebut this evidence. In her certifications, plaintiff provided the judge a description of her recurring health conditions. She stated she had a “decreased level of energy…
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