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Turkish company wants ‘Idaho’ name for products

A Turkish agricultural company is attempting to co-opt the Idaho name for its products, sparking protests from the Idaho Potato Commission and the Idaho Legislature. The Beta Agriculture and Trade Company, which is run out of Turkey, applied to register ...

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Lawyers redeemed: ‘No Lawyers’ bar gets $130,000 jury verdict (access required)

The Boise bar and grill famous for its “No Lawyers” policy has gotten its fill of lawyers in the past three years as it navigated the legal system in two courtroom dramas involving the same former employee. The Crescent “No ...

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Medical marijuana proposal would mean new industry in Idaho (access required)

Advocates for a medical marijuana program in Idaho are beginning a new campaign to get the issue in front of voters by 2014 and possibly create a new, for-profit industry in the state. Compassionate Idaho, a nonprofit leading efforts to ...

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A bad reference can mean a day in court (access required)

A former Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce employee is suing the organization for defamation after a chamber employee gave her a bad reference. Mary Carlson, who worked at the chamber from 1998 to 2006, is accusing the organization of defamation ...

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Former ‘Apprentice’ star in court after being cut out of his business (access required)

An Idaho resident and former runner-up on the television show “The Apprentice” has filed a complaint in federal court alleging that he was cut out of a foreign exchange trading business he helped start. Clint Robertson, a contestant in the ...

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Large Coke distributor sued for wrongful termination (access required)

A former sales manager for Swire Coca Cola’s Lewiston office is suing the company, claiming his firing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Donnie K. Wilkins Jr. filed a lawsuit in federal court on Jan. 15 alleging that he was ...

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Plan for a new Boise gym unravels (access required)

A plan to start a gym in Boise quickly went awry as the purported founders of the venture turned against one another within a month of taking the first steps to get it off the ground. In a lawsuit and ...

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A little town lost in the Little Lost (access required)

As the flames moved from one building to another, Wade Williams hustled to the old wooden sign situated near the corner of Highway 33 and the Little Lost Highway. Williams saved the sign, still etched with “Welcome to Howe,” even ...

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Idaho case on union dues cited as precedent

A 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision stemming from an Idaho law has set a union dues precedent across the country, and its influence was recently felt in North Carolina. North Carolina’s Wake County Superior Court struck down a state law ...

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