Thursday, June 28, 2007

Back to Court

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Idaho Business Review announced today that it’s heading back to court over the right to print legal notices.

The paper will appeal the ruling of Fourth District Court Judge Deborah Bail, who ruled in May that all public and private legal notices must be printed in a paper of general circulation, defined as the paper with the largest paid circulation.

The Idaho Statesman filed suit against IBR in October 2006 in an effort to stop the business-oriented paper from printing these small, but lucrative ads. Fighting the suit, IBR claimed that there are 130 state statutes that do not have the general circulation requirement, and therefore can be printed in any newspaper.

IBR is requesting that enforcement of the ruling be put on hold until the appeals process has finished.

According to a story published by IBR, Boise attorney Robert Aldridge has submitted and affidavit in support of IBR’s case, stating that the ruling could throw probate code cases into question, since many have been based on the publication of legal notices in newspapers other than the Statesman.

An initial hearing on the appeals motion is scheduled for July 18.

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