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January 9, 2017

Paine Hamblen is proud to announce that its Employment Law Practice Group Partners, James M. Kalamon and Dale A. De Felice, successfully defended a local hospital in a significant wrongful termination lawsuit, in which the plaintiff sought over $1.2 million in economic loss damages.  After a trial that lasted two weeks, the Court ruled against the plaintiff on all of the plaintiff’s causes of action.  The Court specifically noted that Paine Hamblen’s representation was exceptional and counsel was well prepared,…

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Idaho Supreme Court Redefines When Attorney Fees May Be Awarded to Prevailing Parties

January 5, 2017

By: Paul S. Stewart The Idaho Supreme Court in Hoffer v. Shappard, 160 Idaho 870, 380 P.3d 681 (2016), held that attorney fees available to a prevailing party under I.C. § 12-121 will be awarded in any case when “justice so requires.”  This is a departure from precedent based on I.R.C.P. 54(e)(1), which, until now, only permitted attorney fees under I.C. § 12-121 when a party prevailed against frivolous claims.  The Court announced that its new interpretation of I.C. §…

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