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Thank you for being a part of the authoritative policy discussions on issues impacting life and business in Indiana during the 27th Annual BGD Legislative Conference at the Indiana Convention Center on Dec. 12, 2018. The impressive lineup of speakers, including 25 elected officials, and a robust agenda helped make this year’s conference another premier event; thank you again to event sponsors Casino Association of Indiana, Inside INdiana Business, Indianapolis Bar Association Government Practice Section and Hannah News Service!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Seventh Circuit”) recently decided the case of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, 900 F.3d 521 (7th Cir. 2018). The suit brought by Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (“NSMA”) alleged that the collection of smart meter energy-consumption data by the City of Naperville, Illinois, (the “City”) constituted an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be prohibited.[1] The Seventh Circuit made two important holdings in the case. First, it held that the collection of smart meter data is, in fact, a search under the Fourth Amendment. Second, it held that under the specific facts of the case, the City’s smart meter program constitutes a reasonable search and thus does not violate customers’ Fourth Amendment rights.

[1] NSMA also brought state constitutional claims under the Illinois constitution that are not addressed here.

Republished in Louisville Business First 8.1.2018 

Before the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting last month, CEO Warren Buffett told CNBC that bitcoin was "probably rat poison squared." Berkshire’s long time Vice Chairman, Charlie Munger was even more blunt when he stated "[t]o me, it's just dementia. It's like somebody else is trading turds and you decide you can't be left out."  

Two global companies have recently announced their plans to invest in talent in Indianapolis, providing training in tech skills to not only those in their workforce, but for the community at large. As a result, central Indiana will become more attractive as other companies seek to find in-demand talent for their workforce. Will your company be ready to dip into this talent pool?

Should video game publishers have to pay or seek permission to use copyrighted tattoos on their characters, or is it allowed under the fair use doctrine? That’s the question before a federal judge in a novel copyright lawsuit in Manhattan. Video game makers as well as other media producers that may include tattoos in their work should be closely watching the outcome of this case.

On Monday, May 14, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released a decision that will effectively overturn a federal law that has, for the past 25 years, prohibited states from legalizing and regulating sports wagering within their own borders.

Community leaders in Evansville, Indiana, understand that quality of place drives economic growth. Many in the community have worked behind the scenes to grow a vibrant and inclusive culture, but the public perception has not caught up to the reality of life in Evansville today.

Thank you for being a part of the authoritative policy discussions on issues impacting life and business in Indiana during the 26th Annual BGD Legislative Conference at the Indiana Convention Center on Dec. 13, 2017.

The Midwest is one of the most industrial and manufacturing intensive regions in the United States. Indiana, in fact, is the most industrial state in the country. We have been fortunate to be able to attract, keep and expand industry and manufacturing for many years.

The Interim Study Committee on Government met through almost four hours of testimony revolving around annexation on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2014. A vast majority of the testimony came from citizens who have been negatively affected by annexations.

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