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Data Privacy Laws Could Have Big Implications on Indiana Businesses

by Brett Wilson, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Densborn Blachly LLP

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain companies doing business in California will have to comply with what is now the nation’s strictest data privacy law – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA is an extraordinary piece of legislation regulating the processing of personal data of California residents. If a business processes personal data of Californians and meets certain threshold requirements, the business will be subject to the new law and its potential penalties for non-compliance. Unintentional violations of the CCPA can result in a fine of $2,500 per person affected; a company’s misuse of 100 clients’ personal data would be a stiff civil fine of $250,000. On top of civil fines, the CCPA provides a private right of action for those affected by certain data breaches.

The CCPA is certainly the most onerous data privacy law in the U.S. and may become the benchmark for the future of U.S. data privacy regulation. U.S. data privacy laws have traditionally only applied to certain industries, such as financial and educational institutions or healthcare providers. In the wake of multiple public personal data privacy scandals and Europe’s adoption of its sweeping General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. is rethinking how to regulate the processing of personal data. 

Members of Congress currently disagree whether a federal law should preempt stricter state laws or simply serve as the baseline requirement. In the meantime, a variety of data privacy bills have appeared in New York, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania and several other states. While Indiana has not yet taken steps toward its own data privacy law, Indiana businesses will soon have to comply with other states’ laws or perhaps a new, all-encompassing federal law – and it’s in their best interest to start the process now.

Read the rest of the article on Inside Indiana Business here.

Dave Millard (1955-2015)

“The Indiana entrepreneurial class has lost one of its greatest champions.  Dave Millard touched all.  I recall when he first became a lawyer.  He was a small business wunderkind.  He focused like a laser on the peculiar legal needs of struggling upstarts.  When the tech revolution hit Indiana in the ‘90s, he led it.  He taught us that the success of Indiana business depended on its professional class joining ranks and moving up toward the front.  He took us there like a field marshal would.  He encouraged.  He prodded.  He helped.  When necessary, he put it over the goal-line himself — but not just for himself.

 

“I do not know when the man slept, but, deservedly, he sleeps now.  May he rest in peace.  It is left to us to fill the ranks and soldier on — not just for ourselves.”

 

NLRB Pulls a "Quick One" on Employers

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued what many call the “Quickie Election” Rule or “Ambush Election” Rule. In short, this new rule will decrease the period of time between a union election petition and the election itself from around forty-two (42) days to as few as fourteen (14) days. The rule is set to take effect today (April 14, 2015).

Famous Hoosier Trademarks Renewed

Densborn Blachly is privileged to represent Indiana entrepreneurs who make, market and sell uniquely Hoosier products. A recent article by The Indiana Lawyer has profiled the successes Indiana business owners have had restoring vintage Hoosier brands. They have caused a resurgence in their retro products by capitalizing on trademarked brands that, while disappearing for a time from the shelves, were so well-established that they did not lose their cachet.

Densborn Blachly Named a "Best Law Firm" by US News & World Reports

We are pleased to announce that Densborn Blachly, LLP is named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Best Law Firms are chosen for persistently impressive ratings by clients and peers as to the quality of their work, their professionalism and their integrity. Coming only seventeen months after our formation, this recognition is especially gratifying for our firm. It is an honor to keep company with the other great firms named.

Densborn Blachly Taps Leading IP Attorney

Densborn Blachly is pleased to announce that Jim Coles, a highly respected intellectual property attorney in Central Indiana, has joined the firm. He will continue to focus on helping clients with intellectual property transactions, assist them in resolving disputes involving technology and intellectual property and provide executive-level counseling and advice for a variety of intellectual property issues. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

CPT. Tim Martin, R.I.P.

Densborn Blachly lost a great champion on Friday. Tim was a great believer in us, in our vision, and in what good might be wrought, if we would only try. He inspired our decision to start the firm, encouraged our efforts at it, and even helped prepare the ground we occupy today.