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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.


Guillermo Christensen Presented at Two RANE Webinars

March 19, 2019

Guillermo Christensen, a partner in Ice Miller’s Litigation and White Collar Defense Groups, participated in two Risk Assistance Network Exchange (RANE) webinars, which focused on the potential risks of conducting business in China and how to circumvent them.



Stephen Reynolds Appointed to the International Association of Privacy Professionals Board of Directors

February 4, 2019
Stephen Reynolds, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group and co-chair of the Data Security and Privacy Practice, was appointed to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)’s Board of Directors.


Reena Bajowala Wins Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow Alumni Award

December 13, 2018
Ice Miller partner Reena Bajowala won the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow Alumni Award on Dec. 5. The PILI Fellow Alumni Award recognizes one former PILI Fellow for outstanding contributions to public interest or pro bono work.


Partner Reena Bajowala to Moderate Panel at Hub88's Steamfest

October 26, 2018
Reena Bajowala, a partner in Ice Miller's Litigation Group, will moderate a panel at hub88's Steamfest: Exploring Endless Possibilities event in Naperville, Ill. on Nov. 9. 


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.  
 


A Franchise Dispute is Brewing

A flurry of litigation is brewing over the Ohio Alcoholic Beverages Franchise Act (the Act) as Great Lakes Brewing Company seeks to require its distributor to obtain Great Lakes’ approval before changing ownership. The case is currently taking a second lap before the Sixth Circuit to determine whether Great Lakes violated the Act.



Franchisors – Don’t Delay!

“Act now, don’t delay.” That was the important lesson that a federal court recently handed down to franchisors when the court denied Noble Roman’s claim that its franchisee violated the federal Lanham Act. This decision is an important reminder to franchisors that they must be diligent in their efforts to discover violations of the franchise agreement, and to the extent they find any violations, to promptly preserve their right to pursue enforcement and damages.


Brent Huber presents at Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

March 8, 2017
Brent Huber recently returned from one of the American Bar Association’s largest Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conferences, the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Brent was a panel speaker.


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