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Obama’s patent troll crackdown gets mixed reviews (access required)

Patent trolls beware: President Barack Obama has you in his sights and he wants to stop you. The Obama administration announced five executive actions and seven legislative proposals aimed at tightening patent rules and stopping “patent assertion entities” from claims ...

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High court sets barriers to discrimination, retaliation suits

A sharply divided Supreme Court has decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court’s actions. The court’s conservatives, in two 5-4 decisions, ruled ...

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Lawyers cheer Idaho’s step into electronic case management (access required)

Idaho courts administrators are evaluating bids for the creation of a new electronic case management system, a move lawyers say will mean more convenience and lower costs for firms. The current system is heavily dependent on paper, which means lawyers ...

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Courts haven’t found unity on religious accommodations at work (access required)

In greater numbers, workers are asking their bosses to change their work schedules, relax company dress codes and make other adjustments so that they can fulfill their job requirements and religious obligations at the same time. And workers are increasingly ...

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Crapo shifts focus to policy, not problems

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo surrounded himself with weapons and Republican allies May 30 to promote the merits of a federal bill to help law enforcement agencies deal with mentally ill criminals, redirecting his focus to policy and away from ...

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Boise businesses call for panhandling restrictions (access required)

Making his rounds in client buildings on the Grove and at Bodo, Corey Cook, owner of Protector Services of Idaho, sees another pedestrian quickly cross the street. The would-be customer for businesses like Costa Vida, American Clothing Gallery and Jamba ...

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Appeals court says union groups may revise lawsuit

Union groups are getting a chance to revise their lawsuit and add new defendants in a challenge to two Idaho laws targeting organized labor. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the week of May 20 that the Building ...

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Group asks to make Medicaid lawsuit class-action (access required)

Thirteen severely disabled residents who sued the state last year after their Medicaid budgets were dramatically cut are asking a federal judge to make the case a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the roughly 3,600 people who receive medical care ...

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It’s a rough road to PPACA compliance (access required)

Employers say they want to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But they are struggling to understand the rules. “Trying to separate the facts versus the myths is a lot of it,” said Dan Jones, an employee ...

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