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Ice Miller client, Kerri Leigh, will perform around Indianapolis during race weekend including Indianapolis 500’s Carb Day. Kerri Leigh recently performed at the Music Stage during City of Speedway’s “Festival on Main” charity event on May 9, 2014 benefitting the Indy Family Foundation.  To see Kerri Leigh this weekend, check out the schedule below:

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014Birdy’s Bar and Grill, Indianapolis, IN at 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, 2014 – National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500’s Carb Day at Noon
  • Friday, May 23, 2014The Rathskeller at 7:00 p.m.

* more performances may be added

Born in the Midwest, and raised to the tunes of Ms. Patsy Cline and Mr. Willie Nelson, Kerri is a true all-American girl. Like many Midwestern girls, Kerri grew up playing basketball and volleyball, performing the national anthem whenever she could. Ultimately forgoing her chance at a college basketball career, Kerri followed her dream of being a country singer.

Known for her powerful voice, city-edge, and girl-next-door attitude, Kerri has sold out some of the most popular venues in New York City, such as the Bitter End and the Canal Room, and is a recurring  performer at the CMA Festival in Nashville.  Most recently, Kerri was a huge hit at the Indianapolis Zoo’s 500-person sold out event, Zoolala.  For pictures of Zoolala, visit the Indianapolis Star, and the Indianapolis Zoo’s photographs.

Her songs, all original compositions, reflect her dichotomous upbringing – a childhood in small-town Wisconsin, and an adolescence in New York City.  Undertones of her adolescent role models Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline can be heard amidst her sassy, honest, and empowering lyrics.

To learn more about Kerri Leigh, please click here.

Ice Miller attorney  TJ Johnson was recently featured on Fox Business News for being the co- creator of ‘The Pocket Drone.’

TJ and his partner Timothy Reuter created a personal drone that makes high definition action photography accessible and convenient for consumers.  The Pocket Drone is the first ever drone that folds to the size of a 7-inch tablet, but still has the ability to carry a high-quality camera. The $495 retail price includes everything a consumer needs to fly the drone, except the camera.  In the three months since The Pocket Drone was introduced, Reuter and Johnson have booked orders of nearly  $1 million.

TJ asserts that “Designing and building products like ‘The Pocket Drone’ helps ensure that I am up to date with current technology and have some fun in my free time.  Personally experiencing the same challenges as our clients helps me understand their process and be better prepared to assist them throughout their business and product development.”

As an engineer with a background in designing and building electronic control solutions for motion control systems, Johnson has always been involved in projects such as this one.  Before pursuing a legal career, he started his own business designing and building embedded systems in his hometown of Reno, Nevada.

To see the interview, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1n8oUHY, or visit www.airdroids.com for more information on The Pocket Drone.

The growing phenomenon of social media has become the subject of a number of recent studies measuring its use and impact among Americans and around the world.  A recent study conducted by Nielsen shows that globally, time spent on social media sites increased 82 percent from December 2008 to December 2009, with social networks and blogs the most popular online category, followed by online games and instant messaging.  (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/global/led-by-facebook-twitter-global-time-spent-on-social-media-sites-up-82-year-over-year/).  According to the study, Americans spend just over six hours a month on social media sites, second only to Australians, who clock in around seven hours a month.  Facebook was the most accessed social networking site, with 67 percent of social media users visiting in December 2009. Twitter remains the fastest growing in terms of unique visitors (the term “unique” means that each visitor is only counted the first time she accesses a site during the relevant period).  Twitter grew from 2.7 million unique visitors in December 2008 to 18.1 million in December 2009.  More…

Blogged Out of Work: Privacy Concerns and Prying Eyes

Posted by Rabeh Soofi On January 30, 2010

How much privacy should employees have at work?  The Ice Loop recently found a story on the Wall Street Journal reporting that employees sometimes have more privacy rights than they might expect when it comes to the corporate e-mail server, and that some courts are showing more consideration for employees who feel their employer has violated their privacy electronically.

Among the federal and state circuits in the past year, there were notable examples of disputes between employees and employers related to the employee’s Internet activities on blogs or other social networking sites. In Shaver v. Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department, for example, plaintiff William Russell Shaver brought wrongful termination claims against his former employer, which apparently terminated him in part based on his Myspace page and the comments on a blog shared with his wife.

Another notable case last year involving an employer’s intrusion into the online affairs of its employees was that of Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group, which actually reached a federal jury trial earlier in the summer of 2009. In a surprising verdict, the Pietrylo jury found in favor of the employees Pietrylo and Marino, and against employer Hillstone, for violating the Federal Stored Communications Act and New Jersey Wire Tapping and Electronic Surveillance laws.

The facts in Pietrylo were as follows: Hillstone operated a Houston’s restaurant in Hackensack, N.J. Hillstone’s employees created a Myspace group the purpose of which was to “vent about any BS we deal with [at] work without any outside eyes spying in on us…Let the s— talking begin.” After the formation of the group, one employee accessed the site in the presence of a manager, who then informed other managers about the site. Given that the Myspace group site included sexual remarks about restaurant management and other offensive content about customers, drugs, and violence, Pietrylo and Marino were fired, and eventually filed suit against Houston’s bringing a litany of claims.

Although the jury award in Pietrylo was not significant, Pietrylo provides employers with a firm caution about intruding into the personal affairs of their employees online.

For the original WSJ story, please click here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125859862658454923.html?mod=rss_Today’s_Most_Popular

To obtain more information about handling employees who blog or engage in other social networking activities, please contact Ice Miller or info@theiceloop.com.

Courts Raise Standard on Reading of Employee Mails

Posted by admin On November 27, 2009

The Wall Street journal recently reported that  employees sometimes have more privacy rights than they might expect when it comes to the corporate email server. Legal experts say that courts in some instances are showing more consideration for employees who feel their employer has violated their privacy electronically.

Full Story Here:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125859862658454923.html?mod=rss_Today’s_Most_Popular

Social Media Use in Holiday Sales Efforts

Posted by admin On November 26, 2009

ScrippsNews has reported that social media has become the newest holiday strategy for some retailers, who are hoping the technology can bring some luster to their efforts to reach customers who are holding tight to their money this year.

Full Story Here:  http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/49343

Hospital Rabbi Fired for Blogging

Posted by admin On November 26, 2009

A few weeks after comforting the family of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum security guard Stephen T. Johns as he lay dying at George Washington University Hospital, Rabbi Tamara Miller — the hospital’s head of spiritual care — wrote about the experience. The essay was published in June on washingtonpost.com’s On Faith blog. Five weeks later, the hospital fired her.

Full Story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/15/AR2009101503965.html

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