Statewide—The Indiana State Egg Board has no authority to regulate as retailers third-party websites that facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers of eggs, according to Attorney General Curtis Hill in an advisory opinion issued recently.Attorney General Hill issued the opinion following an inquiry from the Indiana State Egg Board regarding an online business called Market Wagon that enables customers to connect with local agricultural producers.Although Market Wagon maintains physical warehouses, all transactions for eggs between vendors and customers occur online, and Market Wagon itself never assumes ownership of the eggs. After a vendor fulfills the customer’s order, the vendor brings the order, sealed and labeled, to Market Wagon’s warehouse. The vendor then places the order in a customer’s designated tote for customer pick-up or delivery.State law requires a permit to sell eggs at a farmers market, Attorney General Hill noted, but the law’s concept of a farmers market does not include the online platform currently offered by Market Wagon.“The board’s statutory and regulatory provisions were not designed to address e-commerce,” Attorney General Hill said. “For the board to regulate in this area, there would likely need to be legislative changes to extend the board’s authority.”Courts have held that websites that offer online marketplaces, such as Amazon and eBay, are not sellers of the products. The fact that a business such as Market Wagon collects money from the customer at the time of purchase does not make it a seller, Attorney General Hill said, because its share of the money is collected as a fee for providing access to its online marketplace rather than for the eggs themselves.The Indiana State Egg Board does retain regulatory oversight over the egg vendors who use Market Wagon’s services, Attorney General Hill said.
Happy Hearts Fund held their annual Fight for Education gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, June 16, 2016.Dane Cook and Petra Nemcova at the Fight For Education gala 2016Leaders from finance, fashion, and sports gathered for the event hosted by Petra Nemcova, supermodel and founder of Happy Hearts Fund.The gala’s aim was to support Happy Hearts Fund mission to rebuild safe, resilient school in areas impacted by natural disasters. Since inception in 2006, Happy Hearts Fund has rebuilt 130 schools, helped over 50,000 students and over 500,000 community members in 10 countries around the world.The evening’s program began with several fights between amateurs from finance representing BlackRock, Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer, among others. Oliver Dachsel, fighter from Deutsche Bank, impressed everyone with his fighting skill commented, “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this meaningful event.”Models Arlenis Sosa and Hind Salhi surprised guests with the real action-packed, exciting boxing showcasing how strong woman are.“Happy Hearts Fund is a beautiful organization that I am beyond happy to work with and I truly believe in. Education to me is the most important gift that a child can have, helping them step into a brighter a future,” shared Mrs. Sosa, Lancome spokeswoman and Victoria’s Secret model.Kathleen Kelly, from BlackRock, and Happy Hearts Fund board member, said, “The real heroes are the amateur fighters, as they dedicated three months of their lives to training to be ready tonight and to fight for education!”Tina Lindstrom, Hedge Fund Manager, who kick-boxed last year & was on this year’s event committee said, “The Happy Hearts Fund mission to rebuild schools is so important to me as a mother of two boys in elementary school. I can’t imagine them being out of school for even a week, much less four to six years without the help of the charity. I fought in the ring last year for the kids and I will fight every day to help the rebuild safe schools.”At the end of the evening, Ms. Petra “Trouble” Nemcova took on comedian Dane “Kiss The” Cook. He remarked, “I was proud to be part of Happy Hearts Fund to help raise money for children that need education.”Ms. Nemcova reminded guests of the reason for coming together that evening, “This evening is not only a celebration,” she remarked, “We are here for the children around the world who suffered so much after natural disasters and are currently waiting to get back to safe, resilient schools. Tonight’s gala will allow us to change this reality which destroys generations.”“We can’t thank enough our event sponsors ReedSmith, United, Veritas Capital and Tiger Schulmann; Committee Members and especially Ramzi Musallam for his commitment to education,” shared Mrs. Ruggiero, Executive Director Happy Hearts Fund.In attendance, were actors Dane Cook, Tony Hale; Models Arlenis Sosa, Lais Ribeiro, Cris Urena, Constance Jablonski, Hind Sahli; designers Vivienne Tam, Thomas Hayo; basketball players Donnie McGrath, Jared Homan, UFC fighters Anthony and Sergio Pettis, Aljamain Sterling, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, Lyman Good, Jimmie Rivera.