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By : Monica Edwards

Case Illustrates Need to Update Campus, Workplace Social Media Policies

Social media has become an integral component of our everyday lives, and has exponentially increased our ability to communicate and connect with others, and market our goods and services.  However, the use of social media is not without risks.  Social media posts are more frequently being used to su...

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How Will Trump Administration Impact EPA Reach and Environmental Regulation?

The impact that the Trump administration will have on the various governmental agencies is not yet known. However, the Trump administration will likely reduce the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and its regulations based on the promises made and actions undertaken to date. An...

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What is in a name?

Businesses invest substantial amounts of time and money in developing name recognition and goodwill in their products and services, and protecting the same.  Two Indiana businesses, Family Express Corporation and Square Donuts, Inc., have been embroiled in a dispute for nearly a decade over which en...

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Happy Birthday to All via Public Domain

A lawsuit that had challenged music publisher Warner/Chappell's rights in its claims of copyright ...

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“Waters of the United States” Expanded Definition and its Impact on Developers and Property Owners

The expanded definition of the “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) as published in the Federal Register June 29, 2015, will become effective on August 28, 2015. Per EPA, this new rule is in response to the Supreme Court opinions regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction, and is intended to provide ...

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Landlord Liability and the Environmental Legal Action Statute

The Indiana Environmental Legal Action Statute (“ELA”) gives parties the right to bring an action against a person or entity that caused or contributed to a release of hazardous substances or petroleum into the environment. When a landlord and tenant enter into a lease arrangement, environmental du...

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EPA Publishes Final Rule to Eliminate ASTM E-1527 Standard Uncertainty

At the end of December 2013, the updated ASTM International Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, ASTM E1527-13, was incorporated by the EPA into its All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) rule.  Complying with EPA’s AAI rule is critical to one’s ability to assert the innocent landowner de...

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Property Owners Should Address Possible Environmental Issues Quickly; Recovery Rights May Be Limited

Environmental legislation proposed during the 2014 Indiana Legislative Session was a shot across the bow to Indiana insureds. As originally introduced, HB1241, would have drastically impacted environmental insurance coverage in Indiana for all those holding title to real...

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New Standard for Environmental Due Diligence

Last updated in 2005, the ASTM E 1527 Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (“ESA”) is due for renewal under the eight-year ASTM cycle, and is on schedule to be finalized in the next few months. The new ASTM E 1527 Standard is said to better correlate with the EPA’s All Appropriate Inqu...

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Navigating Trade Secret Law in Indiana

Trade secrets are important and valuable assets of a business operation. In Indiana, trade secrets are protected by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act pursuant to Indiana Code § 24-2-3-2, et seq. Trade secrets are generally defined as information that derives its independe...

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