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Jay Augustyn to Moderate Panel at Opportunity Zones Summit

June 18, 2019

Jay Augustyn, a partner in Ice Miller’s Real Estate Practice, will moderate “Fund Formation & Raising Capital” at the Opportunity Zones Summit presented by CohnReznick & Develop on June 26 at 9:50 a.m. Ice Miller is a sponsor for the event.

Two Ice Miller Team Members Graduate from the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

June 17, 2019

Ice Miller is proud to congratulate partner Sebastian Smelko and patent agent Stephen Farrison their graduation from the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series 43rd class on June 13 and 14. This is the first class to have multiple graduates from the same organization.

Ice Miller Presents New Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Exhibit Take Me There: Greece

June 13, 2019

Ice Miller is proud to serve as presenting sponsor of the new semi-permanent Children’s Museum of Indianapolis exhibit Take Me There: Greece. The exhibit will debut on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m.

Heather Adams Serves on Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization’s 2020 National Conference Planning Committee

June 12, 2019

Ice Miller attorney Heather Adams has been selected to serve on the planning committee for Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization’s 2020 National Conference, which will be held September 17-20 in Chicago.

Ice Miller Congratulates the Employment Law Alliance on Chambers Global Band 1 Ranking

June 12, 2019
Ice Miller would like to congratulate the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) on its recent recognition as a Band 1 Elite Global Employment Network by Chambers and Partners.

Ice Miller Names Libby Moyer 1L LCLD Scholar

May 31, 2019
Ice Miller LLP selected summer associate Libby Moyer as its 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar. The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year students.

Ice Miller Signs American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge

May 31, 2019
Ice Miller LLP signed the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge in recognition of the significant challenges substance use and mental health problems present in the legal profession. The pledge acknowledges that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of lawyers.

New Franchise Developments: Alabama and Washington

May 29, 2019 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regulates the franchise industry at the federal level, requiring that franchisors provide certain disclosures (23 items) through a Franchise Disclosure Document to prospective franchisees before they sign a franchise agreement or give the franchisor any money. Individual states can adopt additional laws. Various states have done just that – requiring the filing of the Uniform Franchise Registration Application, paying of filing fees, providing notice of intent to sell franchises, to name just a few. Some states have also passed “relationship laws” that regulate the relationship between the franchisor and its franchisee. Recently, there have been some new developments among certain states adopting laws that would regulate the franchise agreements and relationships in Alabama and Washington.

Ice Miller and Partners Holly Banta and T.J. Cole Ranked by Managing IP

May 20, 2019
Ice Miller LLP was rated a Ranked Firm in Indiana by Managing Intellectual Property. Partners Holly Banta and T.J Cole were named IP Stars of Indiana, establishing them as leading IP practitioners globally.

“MAP” My Franchise?

May 14, 2019 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner

A MAP policy is a program designed by franchisors to require that their franchisees not advertise or publicly offer to sell the system’s products or services below a price set by the franchisor. Why are MAP policies adopted? To name a few reasons, they are adopted to promote fair competition across the franchise system; to maintain brand identity; and to allow smaller franchisee outlets to compete with larger ones. 

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