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BMK Represents School Photo Marketing, Inc. in Sale to Ennis, Inc.

Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. represented School Photo Marketing, Inc. (SPM), located in Morganville, New Jersey, in its sale to a subsidiary of Ennis, Inc., (NYSE: EBF). Texas-based Ennis, Inc. is one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the United States. The transaction was fast-tracked, closing in just over two months.

SPM provides printing, yearbook publishing and marketing-related services to more than 1,400 school and sports photographers across the country. The company operates through a similar wholesale manufacturer-distributor-end user channel as Ennis. The purchaser acquired the SPM name and will continue to operate in its current location.

“We were able to successfully close this transaction in record time for SPM in large part due to our M&A expertise and our network of best-in-class subject matter experts,” said lead transaction counsel Stuart M. Brown, partner and co-chair of the Commercial Transactions practice at BMK. “Today’s transactions require a multi-disciplinary approach given the level of complexity in our current business and legal environment. As experienced practitioners, we are able to quickly assemble a deal team to effectively and efficiently address the technical issues, including environmental, intellectual property and tax-related matters, that often arise in transactions. As a result, we save our clients a lot of unnecessary expense and stress throughout the M&A process.”

In addition to Mr. Brown, Norman D. Kallen, partner and co-chair of the Commercial Transactions practice, Linda R. Brower, senior counsel, and Jay Soled, of counsel, Tax worked on the transaction. Subject matter experts included Keith E. Gilman, managing partner at Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik LLP (intellectual property); Wanda Chin Monahan of Wanda Chin Monahan LLC (environmental); and Nivritha Ketty (employment) and Christine Gottesman (benefits) of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.

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Dec 09, 2022

Administrative Law Judge Finds Owner-Operators Truck Drivers to be Independent Contractors, Not Employees of Motor Carrier

On April 20, 2022, the Hon. Mary Ann Bogan, A.L.J. issued an initial decision in Farruggio’s Bristol and Philadelphia Express, Inc. v. New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, OAL No. LID 02027-17 finding, on summary judgment, that the owner-operator drivers that contracted with Farruggio’s Express were independent contractors, not employees. Accordingly, the Court found that Farruggio’s Express was not liable for state employment taxes in connection with the audit of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“NJDOL”). Read More

May 23, 2022

BMK Statement on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has raised enormous concerns for all of us. We first wish to extend our compassion to the people of Ukraine and our friends whose loved ones reside there. Second, we recognize that this conflict and the sanctions being leveled at the Russian Federation will doubtless have economic and other business impacts in international trade, cybersecurity, and other matters of importance to our clients.

Just as when the COVID-19 crisis unfolded two years ago, Brown Moskowitz & Kallen is closely monitoring the current situation to offer timely guidance regarding business operations and other legal matters. If you require immediate guidance related to your business interests in the wake of the present international crisis, we are, as always, here to serve you.

Mar 03, 2022

Anthony M. Gruppuso Joins Brown Moskowitz & Kallen as Litigation Partner

Summit, New Jersey August 2021 – Anthony M. Gruppuso has joined the litigation team as a partner at New Jersey business law firm Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. Mr. Gruppuso will focus on dispute resolution and litigation for a clientele that includes professional services firms, trustees, medical practices, limited liability company members, manufacturers and distributors, and high net worth individuals.

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Aug 06, 2021

Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. Leads Bi-Coastal Transaction Representing Wytech Industries, Inc. in its Sale to Vance Street Capital, LLC

Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. represented Wytech Industries, Inc. and its owners, the Casalino family, in connection with the sale of substantially all of its assets, including the equity in its wholly-owned subsidiaries, to Vance Street Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. The transaction infuses Wytech, a leading manufacturer of specialty core wires and related components for the interventional medical markets, with significant capital for expansion.

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Nov 20, 2020

Sexual Misconduct and Abuse Crackdown by New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy Results in License Revocations

By Richard A. West, Esq.

Last week, the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) announced that the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (“the Board”) has permanently revoked the license of a massage therapist who engaged in inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact with a female client during a massage session at an Atlantic County spa. The massage therapist is barred from ever working again in the State of New Jersey under a Final Order filed by the Board, the third instance in 2020 of permanent revocation of the license of massage therapist due to sexual misconduct and the ninth such revocation in the past 12 months in the state of New Jersey. This action follows actions by other professional licensing boards and the Attorney General.

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