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Mike Schopmeyer recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, 19th Edition for his work in U.S. Environmental Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey...
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Director liability is commonly thought of in the context of large, multi-national corporations. However, regardless of size of the entity, directors can be held personally liable for the acts of a company. Shareholders, employees, lenders and customers are potential parties in a lawsuit against a board claiming damages or losses incurred were the result of...
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Many providers transmit their patients’ Protected Health Information (“PHI”) in unsecured e-mails.  Through audits, some providers have discovered that their employees routinely included patient PHI in both the subject line and body of e-mails sent internally and externally.  In doing so, these providers could be exposed to HIPAA violations if employees send e-mails containing PHI...
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Ashley R. Bess recently joined KDDK as an associate attorney.  Bess is a native of Scottsburg , Indiana and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business administration and legal studies.  She earned her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law...
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Perhaps you’ve heard this phrase: “Sell the family farm.”  The Indiana legislature has just made that more likely. A common estate planning technique is for mom and dad to “leave the family farm” in separate, equal shares to their children, who can then sell their shares to another or pass them to their children.  Of...
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On July 16, 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion in  M & M Investment Group, LLC v. Ahlemeyer Farms, Inc. and Monroe Bank declaring the pre-sale notice provisions of the tax sale statute to be unconstitutional.  In this case Monroe Bank challenged the constitutionality of Indiana Code section 6-1.1-24-3(b), which provides that...
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With the Supreme Court recently upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) employers and individuals need to be prepared to comply with PPACA.  The following summarizes some of the key provisions and effective dates relating to individuals: Beginning in 2014, individuals will be required, with some exceptions, to maintain minimum essential health insurance...
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With the Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), employers and individuals need to be prepared to comply with the PPACA.  The following summarizes some of the key provisions and effective dates relating to businesses: For months beginning after December 31, 2013, large employers may be subject to a “shared responsibility...
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Brian P. Williams, co-managing partner, is the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2012.  Brian was recognized for his leadership in the Canoe/Kayak Launch site on Pigeon Creek, a project with the goal of continued restoration of Pigeon Creek as a vibrant recreational and cultural center.  Brian exemplifies the Rotarian motto, ‘Service...
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