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ID SOS sues for disclosure from ed overhaul group

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa filed a lawsuit late Oct. 22 in state court to force disclosure of donors who contributed to a nonprofit supporting public schools chief Tom Luna’s education overhaul. Ysursa has threatened for days to take ...

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9th Circuit: Best Buy calls violated consumer protection law (access required)

Best Buy violated federal consumer protection law by placing automated, prerecorded calls notifying a customer of the status of his membership in a store “rewards” program, the 9th Circuit has ruled in reversing judgment. The plaintiff alleged that, after buying ...

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NLRB says Costco social media rule violated federal labor law (access required)

Costco could not enforce a social media rule prohibiting employees from posting online statements that damaged the wholesaler’s reputation, the National Labor Relations Board has decided in rejecting an administrative judge’s findings. Costco included a rule in its employee handbook ...

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Employers push back on FMLA abuse (access required)

In an effort to root out employee abuse of Family and Medical Leave Act violations, employers are increasingly relying upon the “honest suspicion” defense – and winning. Led by several decisions from the 7th Circuit, courts are holding that employers ...

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More couples seeking postnuptial agreements, poll finds (access required)

Divorce attorneys are experiencing an increase in requests for postnuptial agreements, according to a new poll by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). “Postnuptial agreements are becoming a valuable tool to avoid trouble spots from escalating into serious conflicts ...

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Elk rancher Rammell loses in Idaho Supreme Court (access required)

The state Supreme Court has upheld a 2006 shoot-to-kill order that authorized state game wardens to pursue a herd of domestic elk that escaped from an eastern Idaho hunting farm. The unanimous decision Sept. 14 likely marks the end of ...

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Homeless group wins $1 million in lawsuit

A federal jury has ordered the city of Boise to pay $1 million to an organization that helps homeless people for discriminating against women and children and retaliating against the organization when board members complained. The verdict was handed down ...

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More discrimination cases are heading to court in Idaho (access required)

With layoffs come lawsuits, and some professionals are saying Idaho is in the middle of a surge of employment discrimination litigation. Attorneys representing both sides of the disputes disagree on whether there’s an uptick in cases that go forward in ...

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Court: Idaho woman can’t challenge fetal pain law

A federal appeals court has ended an Idaho woman’s challenge of a law banning some abortions that might cause fetal pain, saying she didn’t have legal standing to contest it because she wasn’t charged with that crime. The development came ...

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