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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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Poll: Respondents favor individuals over insurers in lawsuits (access required)

More than half of the respondents in a recent poll said they would favor an individual in a lawsuit against an insurance company, according to the Defense Research Institute. DRI conducted a national telephone survey to assess how insurance companies ...

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Scentsy files flurry of court documents to protect brand name (access required)

Meridian direct sales giant Scentsy has filed a federal court request in a bid to stop unauthorized sales of its products. Scentsy wants to compel Amazon.com to give up the names of sellers on the website who are offering Scentsy ...

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Boise mental health counseling center sues former employees (access required)

NOTE: Update the outcome of the lawsuit at the end of the story. A mental health counseling center is suing several former employees and a rival business, accusing them of breaking noncompete agreements to steal clients. Affinity, Inc., a Boise ...

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Idaho lawmakers, Otter agree on revenue forecast

In a rare move since the Great Recession hit the state, Idaho lawmakers decided Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s tax revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year wasn’t too optimistic. The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee voted 14-4 Dec. 8 ...

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