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Green for the Urban Core: USDA Announces New Committee

February 2, 2022 by Freedom S.N. Smith, Partner
As Black History Month kicked off, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced its inaugural committee on Urban Agriculture.

How Secured Lenders Can Protect Their Interests When Dealing with Non-Fungible Tokens and Cryptocurrency

As we enter 2022, lenders should take time to familiarize themselves with digital assets—specifically, non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) and cryptocurrency. As of today, more than 30 public companies hold cryptocurrency on their balance sheets, and big brands such as Visa and Adidas have each purchased NFTs worth more than $100,000. With the value of digital assets increasing, borrowers may seek to pledge NFTs and cryptocurrency as collateral. In this alert, we explore how secured lenders may protect their security interests in this novel form of property.

A Recent Study Shows Critical Medical Device Risks Threaten Hospital Security and Patient Safety

January 31, 2022 by , Partner
A recent study conducted by Cynerio, a healthcare IoT security platform, found that over half of medical devices found in hospital settings contain critical vulnerabilities.

Indiana House Bill 1063 Would Change How Courts Weigh Factual Findings of Regulatory Agencies

January 31, 2022 by Louie Jorczak , Partner
Indiana regulatory agencies generally have a leg up in Indiana courts when a party seeks judicial review of a regulatory ruling.

Ohio Recreational Ballot Initiative - Tick Tock!

January 31, 2022 by Samuel H. Porter III, Partner
The four-month clock for the Ohio Legislature has now started to consider the Ohio Recreational Ballot Initiative for adult use cannabis.

How to Keep Employees Engaged

January 28, 2022 by Diane Bell, Partner
I'm hearing from a number of my clients, across industries, that keeping their workforce intact is their number one concern, even if they have not been affected by the "Great Resignation."

Ice Miller Receives Top Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index

January 27, 2022
Ice Miller is proud to announce that the firm has received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth consecutive year. The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Ice Miller’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

Buying Sustainability in Real Estate

January 27, 2022 by Phillip N. Coover, Partner
Illinois has an expansive (and expanding) wetlands conservation program. There is an increasing need for real estate developments to have facets of sustainability built into them, both due to increasing consumer and tenant demand for LEED certification, WELL certification, and a general desire for green development, and also due to local governmental and federal regulations, such as the Clean Water Act.  

What Lies Ahead for Economic Growth in 2022?

January 26, 2022 by Diane Bell, Partner
After the deal frenzy that we saw last year, there is a lot of ink being spilled trying to figure out what this year will bring.

Another Battle Arises as to Waters of the United States as EPA's New Proposed Rule and Sackett Supreme Court Petition Seek Different Outcomes

January 25, 2022 by Freedom S.N. Smith, Partner
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (the agencies) have been battling for years over what constitutes a "water of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for federal regulatory purposes.

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