Category Archives:DB in the Press

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.

Best Lawyers Selects DB Attorneys

Densborn Blachly is pleased to announce that 4 attorneys were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

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.

IndyBar: Interrogatories - Eric Schmadeke

TheIndianaLawyer.com, recently profiled Densborn Blachly associate Eric Schmadeke in an article about his transition from prosecuting criminal cases to civil litigation in private practice.  Eric served for nearly seven years as a deputy prosecutor at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, holding various positions in both the Major Felony and Grand Jury Sections, and most recently served as the chief of the Major Felony Special Victim’s Unit. He has been a great addition to the Densborn Blachly team, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside a litigator with experience in trying over eighty jury trials. To learn a little about Eric, take a moment to read this great profile on him done by the Indy Bar.