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Anti-criminal hiring policies could spur bias suits (access required)

For employers, policies that forbid the hiring of convicted felons may seem like a very good, common-sense idea, especially for companies in the hospitality industry or any other trade involving frequent contact with customers. But under an initiative from the ...

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Should lawyers advertise as ‘specialists?’ (access required)

 To stand out from the crowd, lawyers in some states can advertise themselves as “specialists” in a given practice area, but they must be sure to follow state ethics rules. J. Michael Hayes, a sole practitioner in Buffalo, N.Y., encourages ...

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States immune from lawsuits over sick time, says U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

A state employee who was denied leave for his own sickness cannot sue the state for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. States are immune under the Eleventh Amendment from ...

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PUC ruling could stall green energy power contracts (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission split the difference in a ruling March 21 on alternative energy. The ruling concerned a request from Idaho Power to temporarily suspend a requirement it buy power from alternative energy developers. The PUC was also considering ...

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Supreme Court sides with Idaho homeowners over EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution. The court sided with an Idaho couple who object ...

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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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