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Lawyers still skeptical of litigation funding (access required)

Litigation funding companies are increasingly marketing their services to cash-strapped plaintiffs who have large medical bills but possibly an even larger legal recovery on the horizon. But plaintiffs’ lawyers remain skeptical of the practice. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say they have seen ...

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Boise energy company infighting leads to company’s demise, lawsuit

An energy-efficient lighting startup in Boise imploded in less than two years, and a contentious falling-out among partners has led to a lawsuit. Viridis Energy Solutions was set up in 2010 to provide lighting that would reduce energy costs for ...

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FTC scrutinizes data brokers over use of consumer info (access required)

In an effort to bring more transparency to the consumer data collection industry, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to nine data brokerage companies directing them to supply the agency with information about how they collect and use consumers’ ...

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Idaho tax agency releases study on business tax

A new state report on how Idaho’s hundreds of cities, counties and local taxing districts rely on fees levied against business equipment has been published in time for the 2013 Legislature, where lawmakers in Boise will be urged by a ...

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New Year brings uncertainty over estate tax (access required)

As the budgetary wrangling between the White House and Congress continues, the only thing that is clear is that an agreement on long-term estate tax reform is unlikely. That means federal estate tax rate hikes and the loss of certain ...

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Employers cautious about new program for undocumented workers (access required)

A new program that allows certain undocumented immigrants to receive temporary work authorization isn’t on most employers’ radar screens even though they can get into trouble if their employees file under the program. The program, known as DACA – or ...

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Cattle industry groups duke it out for lien supremacy (access required)

An upcoming Idaho Supreme Court decision has large stakes for cattle owners, banks and feed producers, who find themselves pitted against one another over liens on livestock. The Supreme Court, hearing an appeal from a Twin Falls County district court ...

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EEOC seeks to limit social media discovery order (access required)

In another example of courts and litigants struggling with the boundaries of discoverability of social media, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a motion seeking to limit a discovery order. In EEOC v. Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia, ...

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Wrongful death suit filed against Idaho veterans retirement home (access required)

The family of a man who was allegedly wrongly injected with morphine is suing the Idaho State Veterans Homes and a nurse provider for negligence in his death.Sherman Day was living in the Boise veteran home in January 2012 when ...

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Idaho, Oregon pot seekers may head to Washington

Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland, Ore., police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to Washington state to “smoke some weed,” a police advisory states, but you might ...

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