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Otter calls for secure mental health facility (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Jan. 7 put his support behind a plan for the state Department of Correction to build a secure mental health facility near Boise. Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke hopes to issue $70 million ...

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Utah Supreme Court says bar rule doesn’t violate Idaho lawyer’s ADA rights (access required)

Federal disability discrimination law does not require the waiver of a state bar’s examination requirement for an experienced out-of-state lawyer who was periodically forced to cease active practice due to depression, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled. Utah allows a ...

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Ownership of digital assets is a concern for estate planners (access required)

So much of an individual’s life now appears online, including bills, Facebook accounts and photo-sharing websites. But what happens to those assets when a person dies? It should be standard practice for lawyers to advise clients to include digital assets ...

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Idaho bar owner sent to prison, could lose resort

A Fruitland bar owner who pleaded guilty to income tax evasion, illegal gambling and conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to give up a small hotel he built in Mexico. U.S. ...

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Company behind national fungal meningitis outbreak files for bankruptcy (access required)

The medical compounding company behind the fungal meningitis outbreak and a defendant in numerous lawsuits has filed for bankruptcy. New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Boston on Dec. 21 amid a barrage of ...

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INL worker files employment discrimination suit against Battelle (access required)

A former Battelle Energy Alliance employee working at the Idaho National Laboratory is suing Battelle, alleging that his 2010 firing violated the federal Civil Rights Act and Idaho’s age discrimination law. Donald Verrill, 52, claims Battelle management created a hostile ...

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New SEC whistleblower data draws mixed reaction (access required)

In its first full year, a federal whistleblower program that boosted the amount of awards to employees and others who report credible information about fraud and other securities violations spurred more than 3,000 tips and resulted in one five-figure payout. ...

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Lawyers still skeptical of litigation funding (access required)

Litigation funding companies are increasingly marketing their services to cash-strapped plaintiffs who have large medical bills but possibly an even larger legal recovery on the horizon. But plaintiffs’ lawyers remain skeptical of the practice. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say they have seen ...

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Boise energy company infighting leads to company’s demise, lawsuit

An energy-efficient lighting startup in Boise imploded in less than two years, and a contentious falling-out among partners has led to a lawsuit. Viridis Energy Solutions was set up in 2010 to provide lighting that would reduce energy costs for ...

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FTC scrutinizes data brokers over use of consumer info (access required)

In an effort to bring more transparency to the consumer data collection industry, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to nine data brokerage companies directing them to supply the agency with information about how they collect and use consumers’ ...

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