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Banquet and Fellowship Founded by Ice Miller Partner Reena R. Bajowala Celebrates Its 13th Year

April 11, 2018

On March 22, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) held its 13th Annual Origins Banquet. Founded in 2005 by Ice Miller partner Reena R. Bajowala, the Banquet celebrates Asian Pacific American diversity and culture at the University of Michigan Law School and in the legal profession. In addition, the APALSA awards its George Ariyoshi Fellowship at the Banquet each year.



New Economic Census Shows Franchising is a Growing Business Concept

April 4, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
The U.S. Census Bureau, for the first time, included franchising data and information in its Economic Census. The data shows franchises are vital to many industries in our economy, providing further proof that the franchise business model is growing.


Ice Miller Host of Training Session for Equip for Equality’s Voting Access Chicago Initiative

March 29, 2018
Ice Miller LLP hosted a training session for Equip for Equality’s Voting Access Chicago Initiative on March 7. The goal of the initiative is to ensure polling location compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to make polling sites in Chicago accessible to individuals with diverse disabilities and older adults.


Bob Schillerstrom Receives Award for Support of Diversity Programs in Tollway Project

March 19, 2018
In a ceremony on March 14, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) presented partner Bob Schillerstrom, Illinois Tollway Board of Directors Chairman, with the Visionary Award for his service to the community of Chicago and the construction industry.


Amy Berg AgrIInstitute Indiana Agricutural Leadership Trip to Portugal

March 14, 2018 by Amy Berg, Associate
Ice Miller LLP attorney Amy Berg is a member of Class 17 of the AgrIInstitute Indiana Agricutural Leadership Program (ALP), which provides individuals involved in agriculture and related industries and those who serve rural communities with the opportunity to improve leadership skills, gain understanding and develop the expertise needed to provide leadership in public affairs for their businesses and communities.
 
Every ALP class has the opportunity to travel abroad to learn about other countries’ agriculture industries and cultures. Amy and her recently class traveled to Portugal and Spain. This blog is Amy’s recap of their days in Portugal.


Miranda Morgan to Discuss New Tax Bill with Business Owners as Part of Columbus CEO Event

February 15, 2018
Partner Miranda Morgan will be a panelist at the upcoming “Tax Talk for Businesses” panel, presented by Columbus CEO magazine and Clarus Partners.


Franchisors – Are your Non-Solicitation Agreements Enforceable?

February 12, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
In late January, a class action was filed against Jimmy John’s in the Southern District of Illinois by current and former franchisee employees who are challenging Jimmy John’s enforcement of non-solicitation agreements. These agreements prohibit franchisees from recruiting or poaching employees from other Jimmy John’s restaurants. If poaching or recruiting does occur, Jimmy John’s has the right to terminate the franchise agreement and issue a $50,000 penalty. The plaintiffs are arguing that 98 percent of Jimmy John’s are franchises, and therefore, these agreements give employees little opportunity for competitive wages. Although this class action is pending in Illinois, this case begs the question whether a non-solicitation agreement, such as the Jimmy John’s agreement, is enforceable in Indiana.  
 


Stephen Reynolds Presents at CLE Seminar in California with American Bar Association

February 8, 2018
As part of the upcoming Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, partner and co-chair of the Data Security and Privacy Practice Group Stephen Reynolds will moderate an Internet of Things (IoT) CLE Breakout Session with the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Section of Litigation.


The Franchise Industry Looks Forward to Big Growth in 2018

February 2, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
For the eighth year in a row, the International Franchise Association, the franchise industry’s largest trade group, released its 2018 Franchise Business Outlook, forecasting franchise industry growth.


Autonomous Vehicle Accidents: Will Plaintiffs “Crash” In On Testing Programs?

January 30, 2018 by Kimberly C. Metzger, Partner
Who is to blame—and who gets sued—when an autonomous vehicle is involved in an accident?


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