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“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. 



Matt Ehinger to Present at Toy Association Annual Business Conference

May 13, 2019

Ice Miller partner Matt Ehinger will present “Selling Direct to Consumers: eCommerce Tax Implications” at the Toy Association Annual Business Conference on June 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Minneapolis.



Jason Torf to Present Toy Association Webinar on Financially-Troubled Retailers

May 13, 2019
Jason Torf, a partner in Ice Miller’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, will present The Toy Association webinar, “Best Practices for Doing Business with a Financially-Troubled Retailer,” on May 16 at 2 p.m.


Partner Tim Belevetz Co-Authors Book Chapter

May 7, 2019
Tim Belevetz, a partner in Ice Miller’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Practice, co-authored a chapter in the recently published From Baksheesh to Bribery: Understanding the Global Fight Against Corruption and Graft.


Guillermo Christensen to Moderate “Data Security Awareness in Action” Panel

April 26, 2019

Ice Miller partner Guillermo Christensen will moderate “Data Security Awareness in Action,” a panel discussion at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference in New York on May 1 at 2:00 p.m.



Mike Jordan to Present at the 35th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar

April 26, 2019

Ice Miller attorney Mike Jordan will present “How Do Facts and/or Asserted Conventionality Factor into the Legal Question of What is Patent Eligible Subject Matter?” at the 35th Annual Joint Patent Practice (JPP) Seminar in New York on May 2.



Guillermo Christensen to Speak on Ephemeral Messaging E-Discovery Panel

April 24, 2019
Ice Miller partner Guillermo Christensen will panel “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Discovery of Ephemeral Messaging” at the American Bar Association’s 13th Annual National Institute on E-Discovery at the Mesirow Financial Auditorium in Chicago, IL on April 26.


Melissa Proffitt Supports Women in Cancer Research with ResearcHERS Campaign

April 17, 2019

Ice Miller partner-in-charge of client relations Melissa Proffitt currently serves as co-chair for the American Cancer Society’s Indiana ResearcHERS initiative. ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer seeks to raise funds to support women in cancer research leadership roles and inspire women to pursue careers in science.



First Move: Labor Department to Limit Franchiser, Staffing Wage Liability

April 4, 2019 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
On April 1, the Department of Labor issued a proposed regulation intended to minimize a franchisor's joint employer liability by narrowing the circumstances in which businesses (including franchisors) can be considered joint employers.


Ice Miller Proudly Contributed to Indiana IoT Lab’s State of IoT Report

March 25, 2019

Indiana IoT Lab’s 2019 Inaugural State of IoT Report contains unique industry perspective on the business climate for connected technologies in central Indiana from a wide range of companies involved in the Internet of Things. Ice Miller is proud to have contributed to this effort as the only law firm involved. The full report focuses on how the Internet of Things is affecting Indiana’s core economic pillars of manufacturing, agriculture and logistics.



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