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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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National Labor Relations Board scrutinizing at-will agreements (access required)

In most American workplaces, at-will employment clauses in employee handbooks and agreements are as common as break room water coolers. But recent cases brought by the National Labor Relations Board alleging that some at-will policy agreements violate federal law have ...

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U.S. Supreme Court set for another blockbuster term (access required)

With attorneys still analyzing the health care ruling and the other big decisions from last term, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing for a new term with even more major issues on its docket, from affirmative action to the standards ...

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Unemployment fraud adds to employer costs

Idaho employers facing high unemployment insurance costs can, in part, blame those who get fraudulent benefits. Getting that money back can often prove fruitless. The Idaho Department of Labor has clawed back some $24.8 million since 2007, but more than ...

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Man claims his car sales colleagues got him committed, then fired (access required)

A Meridian man is suing a Dennis Dillon auto sales location, claiming employees there caused him to be locked up involuntarily in a mental health facility, an incident that he alleges cost him his job. James Lilly filed his lawsuit ...

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Patent law changes are on the horizon (access required)

Big changes to U.S. patent law take effect in September and March. While the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 is intended to simplify patent law, some of its provisions may put smaller entities at a disadvantage. Idaho patent holders ...

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Woman sues Air Force base contractor over alleged pregnancy discrimination (access required)

An Idaho woman is suing her former employer, a federal contractor with Mountain Home Air Force Base, claiming she lost her job due to her pregnancy. The lawsuit, filed in Ada County District Court, claims Trace Inc. forcibly placed Kimberly ...

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Concussion lawsuits proliferate (access required)

Michael Rouchleau was a junior on the Three Forks High School varsity football team in Bozeman, Mont. when he collided with a teammate during practice. Although he was shaken up, Rouchleau was instructed by his coaches to return to the ...

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