New Albany Violated Public Access LawThe Indiana Public Access Counselor determined the city of New Albany violated the Indiana Access to Public Records Act on at least three occasions in the past year by missing deadlines on records requests made by residents. Property owners along a road that is undergoing restoration said they weren’t able to get information in enough time to present educated counter-offers to buyers through the process of eminent domain. However, as noted by the News and Tribune, “Indiana’s public access law doesn’t offer much recourse for violations. Oftentimes an official violation declared by the public access counselor is enough to motivate governments to comply. But if that doesn’t happen, the next course of action is to sue.” Notably, HB 1523 would allow certain state or local government agencies to charge up to $20 per hour to fulfill requests for public records that take more than two hours to find. HB 1523 passed the Senate with amendments on April 6th and has been returned to the House.Appeals Court Rules On Sewer Connection RequirementsLate last week the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling interpreting an Indiana law which gives cities and towns the authority to compel residents to connect to the municipal sewer system. In Town of Clear Lake v. Hoagland, the court found Indiana Code section 36-9-23-30(a) permits a municipality operating a sewage system to require connection to the system and to order the discontinuance of the use of any private sewage system so long as an available sanitary sewer is within 300 feet of the property line of the affected property and the municipality gives the property owner ninety days’ notice. However, nothing in the statute or the ruling compels the municipality to require connection if it chooses not to exercise that power.The court also addressed the power of municipalities to enforce “reasonable penalties” against a person failing to make a connection. Because that issue was not before the court, it could not rule on what penalty would qualify as “reasonable,” but it had “little difficulty” saying that a penalty of $2.9 million “is nowhere near it. Such a penalty is confiscatory, most likely unconstitutional, and will not be countenanced.”2017 Jackson Kelly Municipal Law SeminarOn May 11th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Jackson Kelly will host a Municipal Law Seminar at Tropicana Evansville where you can learn about the latest municipal and government legislative and case law changes. The topics are designed to make the role of the local government attorney easier and should be useful to both attorneys and government officials. Topics this year include:Consolidation of Local Income TaxesDealing with Blight and the Unsafe Building LawRecent Planning and Zoning IssuesFree Speech Issues with Government EmploymentMunicipal Legislation UpdateThe seminar is approved for up to 1.7 hours of CLE. Afterward you are welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks where you can meet, network, and exchange ideas with your peers. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance with Kimberly Van Camp at [email protected] or by calling (859) 288-2809.Political Group Takes ‘Robocall’ Law Challenge To Supreme CourtA political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation. “Who is a court to tell us how we have First Amendment rights to communicate with people?” asked Paul Caprio, President of Patriotic Veterans Inc., which is challenging the state law banning political groups from using automatic dialing technology to call Hoosiers. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Patriotic Veterans and upheld I.C. §24-5-14-5 in January, holding that the state had a legitimate interest in blocking unwanted automatically dialed phone calls. The court wrote, “Preventing automated messages to persons who don’t want their peace and quiet disturbed is a valid time, place, and manner restriction.” Under Indiana’s statute, a caller using automatic-dialing technology must first gain the consent of the recipient of the call using a live person.Footnote: This article was submitted to the City County Observer by local attorney Joshua Claybourn. Joshua is Counsel in Jackson Kelly’s Evansville office. He advises clients in matters of business and corporate law, governmental services, and public finance. Learn more here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Beloved mega-festival Lollapalooza continues it’s wold domination in 2017, adding another massive festival to its ever-growing roster of international events. Along with the festival’s annual Chicago weekend, festivals in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and an event in Berlin, the Lollapalooza brand now expands to Paris, France. Located at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Lollapalooza Paris will take place over two days on July 22nd and 23rd. The festival will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd, with Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, Alt J, Pixes, The Roots, Liam Gallagher (formerly of Oasis), and The Hives among the many acts set to play.To find out more information about the first ever Lollapalooza Paris, visit the festival’s website. See below for the festival’s full lineup.
The ESI team is delighted to announce that former Ballon d’Or winner and Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit will be the keynote speaker at the ESI Super Forum on 22nd March. For those that immediately ask, what does Gullit have to do with esports – the Dutchman has recently launched Team Gullit; a FIFA esports academy looking to help educate and nurture up and coming stars and transform them into the finished product.The ESI Super Forum is taking place on March 22nd at Stamford Bridge. It will feature over six panels, 30 speakers and a networking and exhibition area.Gullit returns to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea football club – a team he made 49 appearances for, scoring 4 goals. He will be on hand to discuss his entrance to esports through the Team Gullit academy and will share just how and why he decided to get involved.We’ve seen many teams get involved, but it’s rare for an individual of the stature of Gulllit to launch his own independent venture and commit to mentoring youngsters who wish to make it – not in the world of football, but rather football simulation. Gullit said: “I’m looking forward to taking to the stage at the Esports Insider Super Forum to discuss the sports and esports crossover, and the founding of and plan for, Team Gullit.“I may be biased but it’s great that the event is taking place at Stamford Bridge too. As a place close to my heart it will be a fantastic opportunity to make an impact there again, and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of good esports chat with a host of industry leaders.”Gullit will be joined by a host of other great industry speakers as the entire day examines the fascinating crossover between esports and the traditional sports world. Over 175 clubs have entered the space and that growth looks set to continue. Partnerships between football clubs and players specifically are evermore plentiful but they vary greatly in their format. For example there is the case of PSG, Valencia and Schalke who’ve entered using their own brands, and then there’s the likes of North, a joint collaborative project created by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Films. We’ve also seen prominent names such as Gerard Pique (eFootball.Pro), Riyad Mahrez (Ares Esport), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Challengermode) and more invest in some form in the esports industry. You can read more about why sports clubs and leagues are entering the space, and indeed how, here. Whether it’s through sport simulation, or esports continues to franchise leagues – there’s little doubt it will remain of constant interest.“I’m looking forward to taking to the stage at the Esports Insider Super Forum to discuss the sports and esports crossover, and the founding of and plan for, Team Gullit”The ESI Super Forum will see six panels, a roundtable and Gullit speak amidst a busy day of networking and, one would hope, the forging of many valuable business relationships.There’s an exhibition space, plenty of time allowed for meetings and discussion, as well as a token ESI esports social tournament which one would assume will be extremely competitive. Other notable speakers include: Christian Sørensen – CEO – North, Mark Cox – UK Head of Publishing – Riot Games, James Dean – MD – ESL UK, Alex Grimonpoint – Player Engagement Director – Hi-Rez Studios, Nikolaj Nyholm – CEO – RFRSH and Nicolas Maurer – CEO – Team Vitality, amongst a host of others. After the day’s done and dusted, delegates and speakers are invited to the World Cup Bar situated at Stamford Bridge for a beverage or two before the official after party gets underway at Roman Abramovich’s personal Chelsea bar, Under the Bridge. SBC Global’s Betting on Football conference is running alongside the ESI Super Forum, meaning a host of top football clubs including Real Madrid, Man City, Juventus, AS Roma and plenty more as well as other industry stakeholders will be in attendance throughout the day and till late at Under the Bridge. There’s no other conference out there that covers the convergence of traditional sports and esports in quite the way that the ESI Super Forum will. To find out more and secure your place please click here.For sponsorship and speaker enquiries please email [email protected]
President Trump’s reelection campaign is negotiating to buy a Super Bowl ad. Source: “The president’s team has agreed on the broad terms for buying an ad…No contract is signed yet.” SBJ Media is live. 🔒https://t.co/j3LH3pL2Xm🔒 pic.twitter.com/N5qKS7aqXL— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 19, 2019This fall, Trump attended a World Series game in D.C. to a chorus of boos, and an Alabama-LSU college football contest at which he received a warmer reception. Trump, who is the subject of an impeachment inquiry, holds little public support among D.C. citizens but won Alabama in the 2016 general election.The president has historically clashed with the NFL, having been spurned from achieving his dream to be an owner and leading a disastrous lawsuit against the league in 1986 that backfired and forced the competing USFL to fold. Over the past few years, he has also lashed out at NFL player protests during the national anthem.This season’s Super Bowl will take place on Feb. 2, 2020. President Donald Trump’s increased involvement in U.S. sporting events could culminate in a record-breaking advertisement buy for the Super Bowl, according to a report from the Sports Business Journal.The prospective deal for the Fox TV broadcast, which would be orchestrated by his 2020 re-election campaign, could cost in the neighborhood of $5.6 million for 30 seconds of airtime. That would likely exceed the cost of any other campaign ad he has purchased so far, though he reportedly paid seven figures for a World Series ad last month. A deal has not yet been completed and negotiations are still ongoing, according to the SBJ report.”The president’s team has agreed on the broad terms for buying an ad,” a source told SBJ. “No contract is signed yet.”MORE: Latest on Colin Kaepernick’s continued push for NFL return