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Nov 16, 2022

Biz ‘Bite:’ Idaho part of $3.1B settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

Read More IBR Headlines [feed url="https://idahobusinessreview.com/category/news/ibr-headlines/feed/" number="3"] Idaho Attorney General (AG) Lawrence Wasden has joined multiple stakeholders in reaching a settlement with Walmart around allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores. The settl[...]

Nov 14, 2022

How the Attorney General protects consumers

[caption id="attachment_286686" align="alignright" width="175"] Brett DeLange[/caption] After the announcement for the Kroger and Albertsons' merger, six state Attorneys General (AG) wrote the two firms about antitrust concerns. Idaho's AG was one of them. Noting the legal move, the Idaho Business Review asked the AG's office both for a comment on the Albertsons' case and for some insight on ho[...]

Nov 11, 2022

Biz ‘Bite:’ Washington extends Albertsons’ restraining order to Nov. 17

Read More Albertsons News [feed url="https://idahobusinessreview.com/?s=albertsons&feed=rss2" number="3"] Judge Ken Schubert of the King County Superior Court in Washington state granted the motion filed by Robert Ferguson, the Washington Attorney General (AG), to use of live testimony in a Nov. 17 hearing for a preliminary injunction to prevent the payment of the proposed $4 billion special d[...]

Nov 9, 2022

Federal court denies restraining order against Albertsons

Read More Albertsons News [feed url="https://idahobusinessreview.com/?s=albertsons&feed=rss2" number="3"] The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DC) on the afternoon of Nov. 8 denied the motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Albertsons' $4 billion special dividend payout. The special dividend was originally scheduled for Nov. 7 but was stopped by another TRO gra[...]

Nov 4, 2022

Albertsons’ special dividend leads to controversy

[caption id="attachment_109443" align="alignright" width="300"] The Albertsons headquarters east of downtown Boise. File photo[/caption] Boise-based Albertson's is now facing legal action in both Washington state and in U.S. District Court. The controversy is over a special dividend originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7. When Albertsons and Kroger announced their intent to merge on Oct. 14, t[...]

Nov 3, 2022

Idaho lawmakers ask voters to approve special session powers

Idaho is one of 14 states where only the governor can call a special session. That could change Tuesday if more than half of voters approve a constitutional amendment that would rewrite the state’s constitution and allow the part-time Legislature to call itself back into session. Typically, the Legislature meets for the first three or four months starting in January and then adjourns for t[...]

Nov 3, 2022

State AGs file to stop Albertsons’ special dividend

Read More IBR Headlines [feed url="https://idahobusinessreview.com/category/news/ibr-headlines/feed/" number="3"] When Albertsons and Kroger announced their intent to merge on Oct. 14, the terms of the deal included a special dividend that Albertsons would issue to its stockholders on Nov. 7. As described in a previous Idaho Business Review article on the Kroger-Albertsons merger, the special [...]

Simplifying Grants Act
Oct 24, 2022

Idaho senators introduce Simplifying Grants Act

Idaho’s senators are working on a bill that would make it easier for smaller cities — including many of the ones in Idaho — to get federal grants by making the process simpler.  [caption id="attachment_286045" align="alignleft" width="140"] Geiger[/caption] “We are a smaller city, with a population of around 1,200 and being as we are Bonner County‘s largest income-producing city w[...]

Cody Easterday
Oct 19, 2022

Quarter-billion-dollar fraudster Easterday sentenced

[caption id="attachment_281324" align="alignnone" width="600"] The five parcels (inside red line) of the Easterday property at the west end of Twin Lakes in Kootenai County. Base image courtesy of the Kootenai County Assessor's Office. Annotation by Catie Clark[/caption] Rancher Cody Easterday, age 51, received a sentence for 10 to 12 and a half years on Oct. 4 in U.S. District Court in Eastern[...]

Sep 30, 2022

Making tomorrow better for the next generation of legal professionals

You may have heard the term “next generation law firm” floating around. But what does that really mean? Numerous psychological studies show that prioritizing work-life balance pays off for both employers and employees. Nearly 80% of employees have experienced burnout in their careers. This isn’t surprising since long hours and strenuous work have become common, especially in the legal field[...]

Sep 19, 2022

Idaho and Taiwan sign 2-year wheat trade agreement

Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed a two-year agreement supporting Idaho wheat sales to Taiwan in a deal that officials say gives wheat producers a reliable buyer and Taiwan a dependable supplier. [caption id="attachment_284888" align="alignright" width="300"] From left, Taiwan Flour Mills Association Chairman Tony Yi-Chuen Shu, Idaho Wheat Commission Chairman Clark Hamilton, Republican Idaho Go[...]

Sep 16, 2022

Legislature can intervene in Idaho-US water rights fight

The Idaho Legislature can intervene in a lawsuit filed against Idaho by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging recently-passed state water laws, but a federal judge has yet to rule on whether ranchers and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation can take part. The Justice Department, in court documents filed this month, challenged a request by ranchers to intervene, contending ranchers have not sho[...]