Lawsuit

Bonner County commissioners have declared a financial emergency to allow the county to use money from a contingency account to fend off a federal lawsuit.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the commissioners made the decision Wednesday so the county can use money in the county's justice fund.

The county budgeted $400,000 in the current fiscal year and will now have another $450,000 for a total of $850,000.

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The family of a northern Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of the football helmet.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert "Bobby" Norman Clark III.

The lawsuit names the West Bonner County School District and helmet maker Riddell.

The lawsuit contends Bobby Clark was injured on Sept. 30, 2011, while a lineman for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans.

Idaho news organizations are seeking to open court proceedings to the public by intervening in a lawsuit between two big health care providers.

On Wednesday, The Idaho Statesman in Boise, The Times-News in Twin Falls, The Associated Press, the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa and the Idaho Press Club asked U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill reverse a pretrial order closing the courtroom to some testimony.

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An Idaho aquarium and two of its workers have pleaded guilty in Florida to illegally scheming to purchase and transport marine wildlife, including sharks and rays.

Federal court records show the guilty pleas were entered Tuesday in Key West by Idaho Aquarium Inc. and two of its officers: Ammon Covino and Christopher Conk, both 40. Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks that were intended for display at the aquarium.

Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court because they say they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.

Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the four men, who are named only as John Does I (one) through IV (four) in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Chasan says what the church and the Boy Scouts did amounted to a cover-up.

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Farmers in Idaho have filed a potentially class action lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field.

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The family of a silver miner killed in north Idaho has filed a lawsuit against the Hecla Mining Company. The suit claims the mine managers’ attempt to extract more silver caused the cave-in that killed Larry Marek  exactly two years ago Monday.

Federal prosecutors are suing the Jerome County Sheriff's Office over allegations the law enforcement agency intentionally refused to rehire a member of the Idaho Army National Guard.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson filed the lawsuit in federal court Monday on behalf of Mervin Jones.

The lawsuit accuses sheriff department administrators of terminating Jones while he was recovering from a knee injury suffered in 2004 while serving in Iraq and re-injuring in 2008 during weekend training exercises.

A divided Idaho Supreme Court has sided with the utility PacifiCorp in a tax fight the state has said could shift millions in assessments to others.

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This week we’ve been following a new lawsuit that alleges Idaho is not meeting its constitutional duty to adequately fund schools. Also this week Governor Butch Otter turned heads when he was asked if the state was living up to the constitution in that area.

“I would say probably not, but we’re doing the best job that we can,” Otter responded.

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A group of parents filed a lawsuit in October over fees in Idaho schools. They say charging fees for classes like science or art violates the state constitution. But to take on the state to change the education system they needed the right lawyer. They found Robert Huntley.

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We first heard from Russel Joki two months ago when he and a group of parents filed a lawsuit against the state and its school districts.  Joki says the genesis of the suit came when he registered his grandson at Meridian High School.

“He was charged fees to take a chemistry class, to take a sports medicine class,” he recalls. “He was charged fees to enroll in art classes.”  

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An Idaho school district is asking for more money in an ongoing court battle with a contractor.

The Blaine County School district and Seattle based McKinstry have sued each other over several million dollars’ worth of upgrades the company performed on district buildings. McKinstry says it’s owed money, and the district claims the company did unauthorized work.

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Early-season snow just barely dusts the peaks above Idaho's capital, but a battle inside a federal courtroom down in the valley could have big impacts on who gets to ride where on the white stuff.

On Wednesday, backcountry skiers will ask a judge to tell the U.S. Forest Service to initiate planning efforts meant to limit where snowmobiles can drive on public land.

His decision could eventually affect national forests across the nation.

Since 2005, the Forest Service has been creating travel plans for motorized wheeled vehicles.

But snowmobiles were exempted.

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A former school superintendent is suing the state of Idaho on behalf of all parents who have been charged fees by their childrens’ schools. Russell Joki says charging fees violates Idaho’s constitution which requires a free, uniform school system. Joki has been a teacher and administrator in Idaho and Oregon schools and now teaches education classes for the University of Idaho. He says charging fees has become endemic in Idaho schools. He cites his own grandson as an example.

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