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Ohio Franchise Law Applies to Franchises in Ohio

January 23, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
Whether you’re a franchisor or franchisee, it is important to know whether the Ohio Franchise Act applies to your business. The answer to this question will determine whether the franchisor is required to make certain investment or financial disclosures to the potential franchisee, what terms are allowed in the franchise agreement, and what rights the franchisee has to cancel the franchise agreement.


Ice Miller Attorneys Volunteer at Legal Clinic for DACA Recipients

January 18, 2018
Jenifer Brown, partner and vice chair of the Firm's Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group, is a frequent volunteer with the NCLC. She will work alongside other attorneys and volunteers for a DACA Renewal Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at NCLC, located at 3333 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Ice Miller is a co-sponsor of this event.


Attorney Sid Bose Joins Device Security Panel at IoT Conference in Florida

January 10, 2018
Ice Miller attorney Sid Bose will speak on the “Device Security” panel at the Internet of Things (IoT) Evolution Expo, which will take place from Jan. 22-25 in Orlando, Fla.


The Latest Phishing Attack: Locked PDFs

January 5, 2018 by Nicholas R. Merker, Martha Kohlstrand,
More and more, businesses are reporting a phishing scam that uses a PDF attachment to try to trick the recipient into disclosing his or her email credentials. The email arrives with a PDF attachment that appears to be locked, and the recipient supposedly must type in his or her email address and password in order to unlock it.


Nick Merker Serves as Chair in IAPP Indianapolis Chapter

January 2, 2018
Attorney Nick Merker of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Group will serve as chair for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) KnowledgeNet Chapters in Indianapolis for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.


Ice Miller Ranked in Largest Central Ohio Mergers and Acquisitions Law Practices List

Ice Miller LLP is the third largest Central Ohio Merger and Acquisitions law practice according to a list researched and compiled by Columbus Business First. Firms are ranked by number of local mergers and acquisitions attorneys, then total local attorneys. The results were published July 28, 2017.


Ice Miller’s Indianapolis Paralegals Collect Largest Total Number of Teddy Bears for Donation to Local Law Enforcement

December 18, 2017

This year, Ice Miller paralegals collected 2,781 stuffed animals and teddy bears to be donated to local law enforcement agencies. This exceeds last year’s donation by 1,004. These donations are distributed by law enforcement or emergency service workers to children who find themselves in difficult or traumatic circumstances. Indy law firms collected a total of 6,533 items.



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.


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