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Legislative Updates from Indiana

Ice Miller Public Affairs Group team members are actively engaged in the Indiana General Assembly and with legislators on behalf of clients. We recently learned that Governor Holcomb and legislative leaders have agreed in principle to a special session to take place sometime before the end of June. The agenda will be to combat inflation by returning monies from state reserves to citizens. No word so far on whether other topics could be included in the special session.


Distressed Opportunity Bulletin - Issue 11

Ice Miller launched its Distressed Investment Group ("DIG") to identify and facilitate distressed investment opportunities and assist clients through creative and strategic acquisitions and investments in bankruptcies, in-court restructurings, out-of-court restructurings and other insolvency-related transactions.

Check out the latest issue for a list of currently available distressed investment opportunities and to learn more about our Distressed Investment Group.


Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Rule Officially Allowing New ASTM Standard for All Appropriate Inquiry Environmental Diligence Requirement

March 16, 2022 by Freedom S.N. Smith, Partner
On March 14, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a direct final rule in the federal register (87 FR 14174) amending the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) at 40 CFR part 312 to reference ASTM International's E1527-21 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process” and allow for its use to satisfy the requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). 


IU McKinney Presents Law vs. Antisemitism Inaugural Conference

February 23, 2022 by Aaron B. Aft, Partner
Ice Miller is sponsoring this first-of-its-kind academic conference to be held at Indianapolis's own Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law this March.


White House Furthers Environmental Justice Work with Release of Draft Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

February 23, 2022 by Freedom S.N. Smith, Partner
While environmental justice (EJ) issues have been at the forefront of the Biden Administration's political agenda, there has been a lack of agreement on how environmental justice communities should be identified. The White House recently released a draft climate and economic justice screening tool developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to fill this gap.


The Hottest New Type of Asset - Build for Rent Homes

February 22, 2022 by Phillip N. Coover, Partner
Last year, we did a podcast with a bright young company, Steel City Management, who were building large communities of homes... for renters. The homes were new product, in stylish modern designs, and were not inexpensive.


19-State Lawsuit Against EPA Could Shrink the Power of Federal Agencies in Rulemaking

February 21, 2022 by Louie Jorczak , Partner
Last week, Indiana Attorney General, Todd Rokita, discussed with the National Press Club Indiana's participation in a 19-state lawsuit against the EPA that would limit the agency's ability to regulate carbon emissions.


A Midwestern Opportunity?

February 16, 2022 by Aaron B. Aft, Partner
Those who have chosen to move to the Midwest, to cities like Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN, St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO, know something a lot of people on the coasts are slowly picking up on - Midwest cities offer a more affordable and sometimes better quality of life than major cities on the coasts. 


You're Invited! Fallout from First Cybersecurity False Claims Act Case: How Federal Contractors & Grantees Should Approach NIST/CMMC Webinar

February 11, 2022
Pummeled by a stream of cybersecurity compromises that have impacted many of its agencies, the federal government is ratcheting up its enforcement of federal contracting cybersecurity requirements. Agencies are issuing stricter requirements, Congress is proposing broader laws, and now the courts are weighing in on what it means to comply with cybersecurity regulations.


Regulation of PFAS Contaminants Before the Indiana House of Representatives

February 10, 2022 by Louie Jorczak , Partner
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, also known as "PFAS", have been used in industrial products for nearly a century and the effects of their presence in the environment, particularly Indiana's water sources, is only recently coming to light.


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