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Posted in Womens Forum

Recently, a group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys had the opportunity to attend the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women. More than 1,000 people attended this inaugural event, which was co-founded by Billie Dragoo and Deborah Collins Stephens. Billie and Deborah are both influential Indiana women business leaders who are deeply invested in our community.

Since 2004, Google has digitally scanned more than 20 million books for users to search and browse.  Many of those books are protected by copyright and remain in-print.  The Authors Guild, Inc. and several individual authors sued Google for copyright infringement for its unauthorized copying and display of their protected works.  In response, Google asserted the “fair use” defense ...

The end of each year inevitably brings a flurry of activity for everyone. But in the midst of the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take advantage of the current tax breaks offered under estate and gift planning laws. If you miss these opportunities, they may not present themselves again!

Posted in Litigation

The Preamble to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct describes a lawyer as “a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.” This heavy charge clearly pertains to the lawyer engaged in the practice of law. But what about the lawyer engaged in business separate from the practice of law—the “off-duty” lawyer?

Most employers know by now that the National Labor Relations Board is closely scrutinizing non-union employers’ policies. 

From 2005 to 2006, Amanda Lewis worked as a “game master” for Blizzard Entertainment Inc. (later becoming Activision Blizzard, Inc.), which developed the World of Warcraft role-playing computer game.  In that capacity, she worked as a customer service specialist who participated in the game to resolve a customer’s issues with other players or game functionality.

Posted in General

I recently was invited back to be a part of Peter Dunn’s “Pete the Planner Show” to talk about how lawyers get paid. I am pleased to be a regular guest on Pete’s show, which airs on WIBC-FM 93.1 on Sundays in Indianapolis from 10 a.m. to noon.

A group of businessmen joined together in a business partnership to provide mail-order pharmacy services to Medicaid patients in Illinois. One of the partners in the joint venture, Swift, determined that the company needed a logo for marketing purposes, so he hired an advertising agency to design it. The advertising agency then engaged an independent graphic designer to create the artwork, which the business partnership eventually used to market its services.  No written agreement existed between Swift, the ad agency, or the designer.



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