Make-A-Wish Honors Kristina Tridico at Women Inspiring Strength and Hope Program
March 24, 2017
Partner Kristina Tridico was among 16 women honored in the second Women Inspiring Strength and Hope (W.I.S.H.) program. This program, hosted by Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, honors women who have found success in their careers and made significant contributions to their community through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ice Miller is Proud to Support #IoTCivicHack
March 9, 2017
Ice Miller’s Internet of Things Industry Group is proud to support the IoT Civic Hackathon, produced by the AT&T Developer Program, on April 21-22, 2017 at Launch Fishers.
Franchisors – Don’t Delay!
“Act now, don’t delay.” That was the important lesson that a federal court recently handed down to franchisors when the court denied Noble Roman’s claim that its franchisee violated the federal Lanham Act. This decision is an important reminder to franchisors that they must be diligent in their efforts to discover violations of the franchise agreement, and to the extent they find any violations, to promptly preserve their right to pursue enforcement and damages.
Jodi Johnson organizes and Brent Huber presents at Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
March 8, 2017
Ice Miller attorneys Jodi Johnson and Brent Huber recently returned from one of the American Bar Association’s largest Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conferences, the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Jodi co-chaired the seminar, and Brent was a panel speaker.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Proposes Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Rules
March 8, 2017
by Blaine L. Dirker, Of Counsel
While there are still a number of various impediments for advancing today’s connected cars into fully autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been at the forefront of resolving one of the major issues: vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication guidance. Most recently, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate V2V communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. Ultimately, the NHTSA does not feel confident that the market will achieve such standardized communication language and protocols without such a mandate on V2V communication systems.
Managing Partner Judy Okenfuss Named Finalist for Inspire Award for Her Commitment to Mentoring
February 23, 2017
Managing partner Judy Okenfuss has been named a finalist of the Inspire Award for Accounting, Legal and Finance. College Mentors for Kids presents this award to recognize outstanding professionals that have made a profound impact in the lives of their mentees.
Indiana Internet of Things Lab to Open This Summer
February 22, 2017
The crossroads of America could become the crossroads for connected devices in the Internet of Things. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness have announced plans for an Indiana IoT lab in Fishers, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. The IoT lab is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Legislative Agenda. Agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics are among the industries of focus for IoT in Indiana.
Corporate Prosecutions: Department of Justice Issues Guidance on Evaluating Internal Compliance Programs
February 22, 2017
by Bradley L. Williams, Senior Counsel
Investigation and prosecution of corporations is nothing new for the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, in her September 2015 memorandum on the subject, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates noted that “[f]ighting corporate fraud and other misconduct is a top priority of the Department of Justice.” (https://www.justice.gov/dag/file/769036/download).
This renewed focus by the Department on corporate wrongdoing means that companies in all sectors of the economy need to be increasingly vigilant in maintaining and improving their internal compliance programs.
Mississippi Attorney General Hood Sues Google for Alleged Student-Data Mining
February 20, 2017
by Nicole R. Woods, Associate
The latest development in the feud between Google and Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood—a history that can only be described as soap-operatic—is a newly filed lawsuit by Hood against the tech giant. The tumultuous relationship began in 2014 when Hood’s office issued a lengthy subpoena to Google requesting documents and other information related to any “dangerous content” hosted on Google’s networks, under the guise of battling online illicit drug sales. However, shortly after the subpoena was served, the Sony hack occurred, which divulged vast amount of Sony data and emails to the public. Found in the hacked emails were communications that indicated that the Motion Picture Association of America was both instigating and bankrolling Hood’s subpoena in an attempt to crack down on piracy.
Ice Miller Partner Michael Coleman Keynotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Columbus
February 1, 2017
Ice Miller partner Michael Coleman gave the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The event was hosted by the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. Attended by thousands of diverse supporters, the Breakfast is currently the largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.