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Sales tax money could bond big road projects (access required)

Sales tax money could be used to pay for large road projects that are expected to add to the state’s coffers. Supporters of the plan say it could help pay for a proposed new highway connecting Meridian to Emmett as ...

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Complexities slow removal of ‘hated’ personal property tax (access required)

Efforts to end Idaho’s personal property tax on businesses have been at the forefront of discussions at the Idaho Legislature for years, long before Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter outlined a repeal plan in his State of the State speech. But ...

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Survey finds one-quarter of lawyers’ hours worked are unbilled (access required)

Idaho lawyers spend about a quarter of their time at work on nonbillable, business-related activities, according to a new national survey. The Lexis/Nexis “Law Firm Billable Hours Survey” reported that in Idaho, 24.7 percent of the hours that lawyers work ...

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Idaho woman fights new vexatious litigation rule

A woman who has already been banned from filing frivolous lawsuits in several state and federal courts is challenging a new Idaho law designed to staunch so-called vexatious litigation. Holli Lundahl Telford has already been designated a vexatious litigant by ...

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Baseball decision: Inherent risk no guarantee of protection for businesses

 Memorial Stadium in Garden City. Photo courtesy Scott McDaniel. The Idaho Supreme Court’s decision not to institute the “Baseball Rule” to immunize Idaho’s stadiums from injury liability will garner attention. But the second part of the decision affects business owners ...

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Idaho Court: Baseball fan can sue over ball injury

A man who lost an eye after being hit by a foul ball at a baseball game can seek damages from a minor league team in Idaho. The Idaho Supreme Court decided not to impose the “Baseball Rule” of liability ...

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Woman sues Costco to collect brother’s life insurance policy (access required)

A Costco in northern Idaho is facing a wrongful termination lawsuit with a twist: The former employee is deceased, and his sister is asking the company to pay out what he would have gotten for his life insurance. Nicole S. ...

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Crapo supporting Hobby Lobby in health insurance case

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is one of 11 Republican congressmen that have signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Hobby Lobby Stores’ health insurance battle. Hobby Lobby is challenging the federal government’s requirement that employers offer health insurance coverage for services such ...

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How automatic budget cuts could affect Idaho

President Barack Obama on Feb. 25 said looming automatic spending cuts are already affecting the economy, while a top administration official warned that the nation’s borders would be less secure if billions of dollars are yanked from the budget March ...

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Dating websites providing more evidence in divorce, survey finds (access required)

Divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The organization polled its 1,600 members and found that 59 percent ...

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