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Speakers at tax conference take aim at personal property tax (access required)

Idaho’s tax revenue projections are dropping, but state leaders still hope to repeal the personal property tax on business equipment. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference on Dec. 5 that he’s lowering projections for ...

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Idaho Supreme Court hears cigarette tax case

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering whether Native American retailers that sell cigarettes to other Native American retailers must obtain Idaho state tax stamps. The high court heard arguments Dec. 3 in the case between Native Wholesale Supply Co., which ...

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Trial lawyers catering to jurors’ demands for visual evidence (access required)

As jurors demand slicker presentation of evidence, lawyers are hiring artists, computer graphic designers and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound and images. “You literally can’t go to trial without some type of presentation in 30-second sound ...

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Can ‘perceived homosexual’ bring job-bias suit? Washington State Court of Appeals says no (access required)

Does state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination protect a heterosexual employee who claimed he suffered from a hostile work environment because he was perceived to be a homosexual? One state court just answered that question in the negative. “We conclude ...

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Young lawyers face obstacles to making partner (access required)

The days of a law school graduate working as an associate at a firm for seven to 10 years and then sliding seamlessly into a partner position are over. Recent grads fortunate to find a position as an associate at ...

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ACLU-Idaho says prison may be violating settlement

The ACLU of Idaho says Corrections Corporation of America appears to be violating a settlement reached with inmates in a so-called “Gladiator School” lawsuit over violence at an Idaho prison run by the company. The organization sent CCA a letter ...

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Idaho nuclear plant developer agrees to $450,000 settlement with shareholders (access required)

An Idaho company trying to establish the first private nuclear power plant in the United States has agreed to a $450,000 settlement with its stockholders after being accused of securities fraud. Alternate Energy Holdings, an Eagle-based company that is trying ...

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Boise lawyer/lobbyists create new firm (access required)

Boise lawyer/lobbyists Tom Arkoosh and Roy Eiguren have merged their practices into Arkoosh Eiguren, which will open for business Dec. 3. The firm will be located on the ninth floor of the Hoff Building in downtown Boise. It will comprise ...

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Boise-based nonprofit sues over Dynamis landfill

A Boise-based nonprofit has made good on its promise to take Ada County to court over a deal commissioners approved with Dynamis Energy, a local company attempting to build a waste-to-energy plant in the county landfill. Idaho Citizens for a ...

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