February 2017

Managing Partner Judy Okenfuss Named Finalist for Inspire Award for Her Commitment to Mentoring

February 23, 2017
Managing partner Judy Okenfuss has been named a finalist of the Inspire Award for Accounting, Legal and Finance. College Mentors for Kids presents this award to recognize outstanding professionals that have made a profound impact in the lives of their mentees.


Indiana Internet of Things Lab to Open This Summer

February 22, 2017
The crossroads of America could become the crossroads for connected devices in the Internet of Things. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness have announced plans for an Indiana IoT lab in Fishers, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. The IoT lab is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Legislative Agenda. Agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics are among the industries of focus for IoT in Indiana. 


Corporate Prosecutions: Department of Justice Issues Guidance on Evaluating Internal Compliance Programs

February 22, 2017 by Bradley L. Williams, Stephanie C. Courter,
Investigation and prosecution of corporations is nothing new for the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, in her September 2015 memorandum on the subject, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates noted that “[f]ighting corporate fraud and other misconduct is a top priority of the Department of Justice.” (https://www.justice.gov/dag/file/769036/download). This renewed focus by the Department on corporate wrongdoing means that companies in all sectors of the economy need to be increasingly vigilant in maintaining and improving their internal compliance programs.


Mississippi Attorney General Hood Sues Google for Alleged Student-Data Mining

February 20, 2017 by Nicole R. Woods, Associate
The latest development in the feud between Google and Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood—a history that can only be described as soap-operatic—is a newly filed lawsuit by Hood against the tech giant. The tumultuous relationship began in 2014 when Hood’s office issued a lengthy subpoena to Google requesting documents and other information related to any “dangerous content” hosted on Google’s networks, under the guise of battling online illicit drug sales. However, shortly after the subpoena was served, the Sony hack occurred, which divulged vast amount of Sony data and emails to the public. Found in the hacked emails were communications that indicated that the Motion Picture Association of America was both instigating and bankrolling Hood’s subpoena in an attempt to crack down on piracy. 


Ice Miller Partner Michael Coleman Keynotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Columbus

February 1, 2017
Ice Miller partner Michael Coleman gave the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The event was hosted by the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. Attended by thousands of diverse supporters, the Breakfast is currently the largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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