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Exemption-Based Franchising in Indiana – Do you Qualify?

December 7, 2017 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
All franchises are governed by the Federal Trade Commission’s Federal Franchise Rule, which requires franchisors to create and provide to prospective franchisees a Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”) before they are legally permitted to sell a franchise. Fourteen states, including Indiana, have enacted state laws that require franchisors to register their FDDs with the state prior to offering or selling a franchise. Nine of these registration states provide some form of an exemption from the registration (and in some cases, disclosure) requirements. Indiana is one of them. This article provides an overview of exemptions that may apply to franchisors looking to offer their franchise business in the state of Indiana.


Ice Miller Attorneys Support 2017 Diversity Scholarship Foundation Awards Dinner

December 6, 2017
Partner Rich Johnson and Ice Miller’s Chicago attorneys recently attended the 2017 Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s (DSF) 15th Annual Swearing-In Ceremony of Bar Presidents at the Chicago Hilton. 


Franchising: Are You Ready to Expand Your Brand?

November 29, 2017 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
As 2017 quickly comes to an end, it’s time to start putting together your business plan and evaluate your goals for 2018. Are you a business owner who has developed a proven model of success? Do you have a recognizable brand? Are you looking to grow your brand and expand?  If the answers to these questions are “yes,” you might be ready to take the next step to make your business a franchise. While not all businesses are cut out to become a franchise, here are some initial factors to consider in determining whether franchising is the right model for you.


Ice Miller Partners to Speak at the IoT Tech Expo North America in Silicon Valley

November 17, 2017
Managing partner Judy Okenfuss and partner Stephen Reynolds will speak at the Internet of Things (IoT) Tech Expo North America Nov. 29-30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.


Lawyers as Witnesses? Special Counsel Investigation Compels Attorney to Testify Before Grand Jury

November 6, 2017 by Stephanie C. Courter, Of Counsel
Amidst the news of an indictment and a guilty plea in Robert Mueller’s investigation, there is a story that has been largely overlooked. It is a story of extraordinary importance to lawyers, because it could affect the way attorneys represent their clients in government investigations.


Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Calls for Assistance

October 27, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
As referenced in a prior blog, the Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 (S.1904) was recently introduced by Senator Cantwell. The Act calls for the establishment of $100 million grant program for each fiscal year, 2018 through 2022, for local governments to fund up to 50 percent of demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city technologies and systems. 


FDA Software Precertification Program: Fast Track to Regulating “Software as a Medical Device?”

October 24, 2017 by Kimberly C. Metzger, Partner
In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its innovative Software Precertification Pilot Program (#FDAPreCert on social media) to evaluate a more efficient, risk-based approach to regulating digital health technology (DHT). The program is limited to software as a medical device (SaMD), software that performs its intended medical purpose independently of a hardware medical device. This is not to be confused with software in a medical device (SiMD, software embedded in a medical device) or medical device data systems (MDDS, technologies that receive, transmit, store, or display data from medical devices). The pilot will test precertification of a limited pool of SaMD developers with a demonstrated record of high-quality software design and testing.


Greg Dunn and Lindsay Miller to Present at Smart Regions Conference

October 23, 2017
Attorneys Greg Dunn and Lindsay Miller are speakers at the upcoming Smart Regions Conference on Oct. 25 at the BB&T Arena in Newport, Ky. In its first year, the Midwest Internet of Things (IoT) Showcase and Smart Regions Conference includes speakers, presentations, awards and a number of exhibitions, as well as a professional drone race.


Jeff Lewis to Participate in Public-Private Partnerships Webcast Next Week

October 19, 2017
Partner Jeff Lewis lends his public-private partnerships (P3s) experience as a panel speaker in the upcoming live webcast, “Addressing Opportunities and Challenges in Public-Private Partnership.” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series will host the webcast on Oct. 25 from 3-5 p.m.


Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Introduced

October 17, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
On Oct. 2, 2017, Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] introduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 (S.1904) to “promote smart technologies and systems to improve community livability, services, communication, safety, mobility, energy productivity, and resilience to natural and manmade disasters, to reduce costs, traffic congestion, and air pollution, and to promote economic growth and opportunities for communities of all sizes…”


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