January 2015

Relevant Laws: State Blue Sky Laws

January 30, 2015 by Enzo Incandela, James M. Snyder,
State Blue Sky Laws. The offering, sale and purchase of securities in Illinois are governed by the Illinois Securities Law of 1953, 815 ILCS 5/1 (the “Blue Sky Law”).

Ice Miller is proud to be recognized by Smart Business

January 30, 2015
Ice Miller is proud to be recognized by Smart Business as the Share Award winner for demonstrating exceptional employee-driven corporate philanthropy and as a winner of a 2015 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service. 
On January 29, Ice Miller and 16 other non-profit and for-profit organizations and individuals were recognized for their efforts and commitment to giving back to the community.  Susan Rector, a partner in Ice Miller’s Columbus office, accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

How to Implement the 'Principles' in Your Agribusiness

January 30, 2015 by Nicholas R. Merker, Partner
Although the Principles are a step in the right direction for the agricultural industry, it is up to producers and ATPs to build these concepts into their contracts and company policies and procedures. 

Ice Miller's Executive Briefing: 2015 Employment Trends for Illinois

January 29, 2015
Ice Miller invites you to join us for an executive briefing titled: "2015 Employment Trends for Illinois" on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Relevant Laws: Securities Laws - Continuing Disclosure

January 29, 2015 by Enzo Incandela, James M. Snyder,
Continuing Disclosure. Rule 15c2-12, governs the preparation and distribution of official statements for municipal securities

Guiding Principles to Help Agribusiness Innovators Protect Data Privacy While Developing Breakthrough Farm Management Tools

January 28, 2015 by Nicholas R. Merker, Partner
Is your company committed to privacy? Precision agriculture and cloud-based, smart technology tools are being adopted at a rapid pace on farms and thereby generating more and more producer data.

Relevant Laws: Securities Laws

January 28, 2015 by Enzo Incandela, James M. Snyder,
Adherence to federal and state laws is a required component of any bond issuance for the borrowing to be binding and legally valid. Below is a sampling of current laws governing the borrowing activities of school districts.

Relevant Laws: Federal Income Tax Law

January 27, 2015 by Enzo Incandela, James M. Snyder,
The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Tax Code”) and the arbitrage and rebate regulations promulgated thereunder (the “Regulations”) govern the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.

What Constitutes an Agribusiness Trade Secret?

January 26, 2015 by Holiday W. Banta, Thomas A. Walsh,
Trade secrets on the farm or in the agricultural business may be formulas for fertilizer, planting patterns, spraying devices and methods of using them, breeding processes, and any other specialized information or knowledge that is valuable to its owner as a secret. Technical and business information can be a trade secret if it is kept a secret. Even information about systems and procedures that were tried but later abandoned because they were failures can constitute a trade secret.

Relevant Laws: Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the State of Illinois

January 26, 2015 by Enzo Incandela, James M. Snyder,
Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the State of Illinois. The Limitation Law limits the annual growth in the amount of property taxes to be extended for certain Illinois non-home rule units of government. 

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