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Patent law changes are on the horizon (access required)

Big changes to U.S. patent law take effect in September and March. While the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 is intended to simplify patent law, some of its provisions may put smaller entities at a disadvantage. Idaho patent holders ...

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Woman sues Air Force base contractor over alleged pregnancy discrimination (access required)

An Idaho woman is suing her former employer, a federal contractor with Mountain Home Air Force Base, claiming she lost her job due to her pregnancy. The lawsuit, filed in Ada County District Court, claims Trace Inc. forcibly placed Kimberly ...

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Concussion lawsuits proliferate (access required)

Michael Rouchleau was a junior on the Three Forks High School varsity football team in Bozeman, Mont. when he collided with a teammate during practice. Although he was shaken up, Rouchleau was instructed by his coaches to return to the ...

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Idaho to pay Pam Lowe $750K to settle lawsuit

The state of Idaho will pay the former head of the Idaho Transportation Department $750,000 to settle her wrongful termination lawsuit against the agency. Pamela Lowe was the state’s first and only female transportation chief when she was fired by ...

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Health law has little-known tax implication (access required)

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the health care law in June, the decision upholding the individual health insurance mandate made headlines. But lost in the details and unknown to many was the 3.8 percent surcharge tax on net ...

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Land Board delays vote on Salmon River dredger

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other Idaho Land Board members delayed voting on a proposed mineral lease Aug. 21, opting to first pay a personal visit to the Salmon River where anglers and a miner are battling over underwater booty: ...

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Couple sues accounting firm after tax commission audit (access required)

A husband-and-wife real estate team is suing its former accountants for negligence after the two were stuck with a deficient tax bill by the Idaho Tax Commission. John and Heather Sonmez, who conducted real estate transactions through their company Sonmez ...

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