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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 The goal of the new rule is “improving and eliminating [regulations] that are confusing, outdated, duplicative or ...

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Idaho justices uphold $1.4 million jury award in stairway injury

The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a former state representative who contested a jury’s decision that he must pay about $1.4 million to a couple after one of them was injured on a broken stairway. The justices ...

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Idaho Supreme Court excludes expert in Idaho eye-injury case (access required)

A medical malpractice plaintiff from Idaho finds himself without an expert because the witness failed to adequately familiarize himself with the standards of local eye surgeons concerning a cataract patient’s past Flomax use. Franz Suhadolnik underwent cataract surgery on May ...

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Idaho’s Amalgamated Sugar joins national high-fructose corn syrup suit (access required)

Idaho’s own Amalgamated Sugar on May 23 joined a high-profile lawsuit that pits the producers of beet-based white sugar against the Corn Refiners Association, a group of companies that produce high-fructose corn syrup. Boise-based Amalgamated Sugar joined several other large ...

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Commentary: Idaho Supreme Court on drunk driver’s forced catheterization (access required)

Here’s a civil rights case that will make every guy squirm. Jason Miller claims that Idaho State Trooper Christopher Yount violated the Fourth Amendment by forcing him to undergo a catheterization following his arrest for DUI. In May 2007, Trooper ...

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Report: Idaho last in proportion of women judges (access required)

(Updates earlier story) Idaho has the lowest proportion of female federal and state judges in the country. A study from the University at Albany found that just 11 percent of the judges in the state are female. Nationwide, women occupy ...

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