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Thursday, November 26, 2015 12:53 AM
  • On Sept. 9, 2015, the Department of State published a visa bulletin confirming that as of October 1, new procedures would allow some foreign nationals to file green card applications several years earlier than expected. Green card applicants with pending applications are eligible for additional benefits, including temporary employment authorization and international travel permission, so this announcement was celebrated by many. 
  • INDIANAPOLIS -- Ice Miller LLP announced it has opened a new office in New York. 
  • When Hillary Clinton was reprimanded for using a private server for official emails, many of us began to consider our rights at work more closely. Employers can indeed take legal recourse against employees who take advantage of tools provided for business use. This includes not only email, but also company cell phones, company cars, etc. All come with certain employee responsibilities.

  • Recently, an interesting shift has taken place in the realm of lower-middle market merger and acquisition transactions (focusing on privately-held companies with revenues generally less than $20 million). Deal flow has increased substantially as cash-rich buyers sitting on the sidelines have found more opportunities to invest their capital, partially due to the continuing recovery from the financial crisis and to a large group of Baby Boomer sellers seeking to retire. The presence of healthier lenders with increased liquidity and a growing appetite for deal flow has only added to a richer and more robust M&A environment.

  • Merchants have a certain opinion about American Express (Amex), and often, it’s not pretty. Common complaints include: Accepting Amex is expensive; it has complicated terms of use; it limits promotions for the merchant’s other (less expensive) methods of payments, and it restricts marketing promotions.

  • Mention the word “crowdfunding” and most people immediately think of the Internet funding platform, Kickstarter. While Kickstarter is a type of crowdfunding, it is not the only type. Crowdfunding is a method of funding a project or business by raising small amounts of money from a large number of individuals, usually accomplished over the Internet. There are four main categories of crowdfunding and they are identified based on the type of return (if any) the person who is investing is expecting to receive for their investment. The four categories are: (1) donation based; (2) rewards based; (3) debt based; and (4) equity based.

  • INDIANAPOLIS  – Ice Miller has been named among the 2015 “Best Law Firms for Women,” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers.
  • GENEVA -- The Kane County Bar Association recently named a new president and honored lawyers and community members.

  • 'A giant' in history of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association dies
    Donald Norman, the last surviving founder of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, has died at age 90.

  • Medical questionnaires and medical examinations often make up a large part of an employer's wellness program.  However, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") places significant limits on an employer's ability to make disability-related inquiries or to require medical examinations. 
  • CHICAGO — A group that's criticized the volume of lawsuits in Illinois has a new report it says contains mixed news for reform advocates.

  • The team at Ice Miller provides legal counsel for various industries including antitrust litigation, government law, real estate & intellectual property. In a recent decision, In re Black Diamond Mining Company, LLC,[1] the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a netting provision contained in a contract was enforceable against an assignee from one of the parties to the contract.  The decision is sound, and is worth noting by parties to contracts and by those parties that succeed to their rights. 
  • ILLINOIS - U.S. trade regulators Thursday filed a lawsuit to block Sysco Corp.'s proposed $8.2 billion acquisition of its rival, Rosemont-based US Foods Inc. 
  • CHICAGO -- Three Chicago attorneys are producing a feature-length documentary on the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears season. 
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