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New Year brings uncertainty over estate tax (access required)

As the budgetary wrangling between the White House and Congress continues, the only thing that is clear is that an agreement on long-term estate tax reform is unlikely. That means federal estate tax rate hikes and the loss of certain ...

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Employers cautious about new program for undocumented workers (access required)

A new program that allows certain undocumented immigrants to receive temporary work authorization isn’t on most employers’ radar screens even though they can get into trouble if their employees file under the program. The program, known as DACA – or ...

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Cattle industry groups duke it out for lien supremacy (access required)

An upcoming Idaho Supreme Court decision has large stakes for cattle owners, banks and feed producers, who find themselves pitted against one another over liens on livestock. The Supreme Court, hearing an appeal from a Twin Falls County district court ...

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EEOC seeks to limit social media discovery order (access required)

In another example of courts and litigants struggling with the boundaries of discoverability of social media, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a motion seeking to limit a discovery order. In EEOC v. Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia, ...

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Wrongful death suit filed against Idaho veterans retirement home (access required)

The family of a man who was allegedly wrongly injected with morphine is suing the Idaho State Veterans Homes and a nurse provider for negligence in his death.Sherman Day was living in the Boise veteran home in January 2012 when ...

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Idaho, Oregon pot seekers may head to Washington

Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland, Ore., police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to Washington state to “smoke some weed,” a police advisory states, but you might ...

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Speakers at tax conference take aim at personal property tax (access required)

Idaho’s tax revenue projections are dropping, but state leaders still hope to repeal the personal property tax on business equipment. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference on Dec. 5 that he’s lowering projections for ...

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Idaho Supreme Court hears cigarette tax case

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering whether Native American retailers that sell cigarettes to other Native American retailers must obtain Idaho state tax stamps. The high court heard arguments Dec. 3 in the case between Native Wholesale Supply Co., which ...

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Trial lawyers catering to jurors’ demands for visual evidence (access required)

As jurors demand slicker presentation of evidence, lawyers are hiring artists, computer graphic designers and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound and images. “You literally can’t go to trial without some type of presentation in 30-second sound ...

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