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Minimum wage, maximum problems (access required)

Idaho’s share of minimum wage workers has grown to 7.7 percent in 2012, an increase that economists say could point to bigger problems in Idaho’s economy. The increase places Idaho first in the nation for the number of minimum wage ...

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Moscow Ford dealership files for bankruptcy after creditor sues (access required)

The owner of a Moscow Ford dealership has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a day after it was sued by the company financing its operations. The dealership, Gilbert Auto Ford, used the Ford Motor Credit Company to finance its purchases ...

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St. Luke’s hit with second antitrust lawsuit, this one by government (access required)

The Federal Trade Commission and the Idaho attorney general have jumped into an antitrust case against St. Luke’s, Idaho’s largest health care provider. A similar case had been filed in late 2012 by St. Luke’s competitors in Nampa, Saint Alphonsus ...

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Courts will sort out new Boise food truck founders’ dispute (access required)

One of Boise’s newest food trucks is facing adversity less than a year after appearing on the scene, and its two founders have turned to the courts to work out their differences. Justin Hampton, a co-founder of the Gem Street ...

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$15 million land deal goes south over water (access required)

An Arkansas company is alleging that a roughly 5,500-acre plot of Idaho farmland it purchased for $15.3 million in late 2011 is a lemon, and has taken the seller to court. The Arkansas-based Pinnacle Great Plains Operating Company sued in ...

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Boise loan broker violates consumer protection laws, AG claims (access required)

A Boise loan broker has been sued by the state attorney general’s office for alleged violations of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. In a civil lawsuit filed Feb. 12 in Ada County district court, the state accuses Allied Commercial Partners ...

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No Idaho companies have applied for insurance review status (access required)

External reviews of health insurance decisions are gradually increasing in Idaho as more consumers turn to the process rather than to courts to get an independent evaluation of denied claims. Requests for an external review grew from 13 in 2010 ...

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