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Denny’s to pay $1.3M to former employees (access required)

Denny’s has agreed to pay $1.3 million to dozens of former employees as part of a consent decree that requires the restaurant chain to overhaul its corporate policies regarding people with disabilities. The settlement, signed by U.S. District Court Judge ...

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Pouring cold water on the ‘hot coffee’ lawsuit legend (access required)

When trial lawyer Susan Saladoff decided to stop practicing law in 2009, it wasn’t because she was tired of the civil justice system. It was because she wanted to raise awareness about it. So she became a documentary filmmaker. “I ...

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Idaho Trust sues contractor for money owed bankrupt subcontractor (access required)

Idaho Trust Bank is suing McAlvain Construction to recover about $400,000 allegedly owed the bank’s former client, the bankrupt Romar Electric. Romar Electric worked as a subcontractor for Boise-based general contractor McAlvain on several large projects. Romar, of Meridian, closed ...

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Idaho suspends hospital Medicaid payments (access required)

A bump in claims over the last month is spurring the state of Idaho to suspend Medicaid payments to hospitals for up to two weeks in order to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year. Payments will ...

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Washington Supreme Court: Employer can terminate for medical marijuana use (access required)

A state law legalizing marijuana for medical use does not prohibit an employer from terminating an employee for marijuana use, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled. The plaintiff suffered from debilitating migraine headaches, which she treated with medical marijuana in ...

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U.S. Supreme Court divided in citizenship law gender bias case (access required)

An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed a 9th Circuit ruling that upheld a law making it easier for a child of unmarried parents to obtain citizenship if the mother is a U.S. citizen than if the father is ...

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Hecla will pay $263M to settle case

The largest mining company in Idaho’s Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits – one of the top 10 such settlements in history, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The ...

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SEC announces final whistleblower rules (access required)

People who provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with credible whistleblower information will receive substantially boosted bounty awards under new rules issued by the agency. On May 25, the SEC adopted final regulations creating a new whistleblower program under the ...

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OSHA reg seeks to simplify workplace safety rules (access required)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to release a final rule streamlining and simplifying workplace safety standards while reducing employer burdens. The goal of the new rule is “improving and eliminating [regulations] that are confusing, outdated, duplicative or ...

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