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Lawmakers steer clear of immigration changes (access required)

Idaho lawmakers have had no shortage of controversial and pressing bills to debate this year. But one important topic that’s seen relatively little action is illegal immigration. In years past, lawmakers have unsuccessfully floated plans putting new requirements on business ...

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In fight against HR 5, American Association for Justice and conservative groups form unusual coalition (access required)

As lawmakers prepare to take up the controversial tort reform legislation, the measure is creating a strange coalition of opponents seeking to stop the bill in its tracks. As we’ve reported in Lawyers USA, the trial lawyers’ group the American ...

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Bankruptcy, appellate case filings drop in fiscal 2011 (access required)

Caseloads at federal trial courts increased slightly during fiscal 2011, while the number of bankruptcy and appellate cases dropped, according to recently released data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. According to the data, civil filings in U.S. ...

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Former aquarium board member sentenced in coral case (access required)

Chris Conk, owner of Coral Fanatics LLC, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service by a federal judge March 14 for a charge of smuggling coral reef abroad. The charges stemmed from Conk sending three shipments of coral to ...

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Perez set to replace Fitzgerald on auditorium district board (access required)

Restaurateur Mike Fitzgerald is resigning from the Greater Boise Auditorium District (GBAD), since work has taken him to eastern Idaho. On March 19, the board is set to nominate Rob Perez,  the president and CEO of Western Capital Bank in ...

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Idaho tobacco tax increase rejected

Idaho smokers can breathe easy, as Republican state lawmakers rejected an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $1.25 for a pack of cigarettes. The plan, floated by the American Cancer Society and other health organizations, has been discussed ...

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U.S. Tax Court: Attorney can’t deduct travel expenses (access required)

A California lawyer thought he could deduct $11,320 for travel expenses when he filed his 2007 federal income taxes. March 5, the U.S. Tax Court gave him the bad news that he wasn’t entitled to deduct any of it. In ...

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