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Lawyers redeemed: ‘No Lawyers’ bar gets $130,000 jury verdict (access required)

The Boise bar and grill famous for its “No Lawyers” policy has gotten its fill of lawyers in the past three years as it navigated the legal system in two courtroom dramas involving the same former employee. The Crescent “No ...

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Revised job hiring tax credit ready for debate (access required)

An Idaho House committee on Jan. 31 approved introducing a plan to change an income tax credit that benefits businesses adding new employees. Officials say the existing version of the tax credit is too confusing and complicated for companies to ...

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A bad reference can mean a day in court (access required)

A former Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce employee is suing the organization for defamation after a chamber employee gave her a bad reference. Mary Carlson, who worked at the chamber from 1998 to 2006, is accusing the organization of defamation ...

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Computer-assisted review becomes more popular (access required)

Less than one year after a federal court judge issued a seminal electronic discovery decision blessing the use of computer-assisted review, the technology is already appearing in courts across the country. In late February of last year, U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 2012 (access required)

The overall size of the nation’s top 10 jury verdicts rose in 2012. The average increased by almost $20 million, rising from just under $184 million to $203 million. By contrast, the average for 2011 increased by around $27 million over 2010. ...

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New landscape for estate planning attorneys (access required)

The new law that averted the “fiscal cliff” contains major changes for estate and gift tax rules that will affect not only the advice lawyers give to their clients, but the future landscape of estate planning law for years to ...

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Former ‘Apprentice’ star in court after being cut out of his business (access required)

An Idaho resident and former runner-up on the television show “The Apprentice” has filed a complaint in federal court alleging that he was cut out of a foreign exchange trading business he helped start. Clint Robertson, a contestant in the ...

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Large Coke distributor sued for wrongful termination (access required)

A former sales manager for Swire Coca Cola’s Lewiston office is suing the company, claiming his firing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Donnie K. Wilkins Jr. filed a lawsuit in federal court on Jan. 15 alleging that he was ...

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Report: state contracts lacking in training, monitoring (access required)

A new report requested by Idaho state lawmakers found that state agencies that do contracting for services have inconsistent staff training and no formal way of monitoring contracts in place. The report from the Office of Performance Evaluations recommends more ...

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Idaho judiciary wants three more judges (access required)

Idaho’s judicial branch is supporting proposed legislation that would add three new district judges, one each for Ada, Canyon and Jefferson County. The Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee on Jan. 21 approved introducing the legislation, which will next ...

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