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Raúl Labrador Joins Our Legal Team

a great fit for Skaug Law, not only because of his experience but also because of his character and integrity.

In Congress, Raúl shined as one of the foremost experts on immigration reform and border security. He became the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

At Skaug Law, we fight to help the underdog. Raúl has quite the underdog story himself. Raised by a single mother from Puerto Rico, he rose from humble beginnings to become a successful attorney and state representative. When he ran for Congress, the Idaho Republican Party had already picked someone else as their front-runner, but Raúl won the nomination (and later, the seat). While he was in D.C., he worked with and debated with members of Congress on all sides of the political spectrum. He refused to play into lobbyists’ hands by going to their lavish parties and taking money to support their causes. Instead, he fought for Idaho’s interests and individual freedom. Raúl brings that same passion and integrity to our law firm. In addition, Raúl speaks Spanish fluently. Skaug Law has the most bilingual legal staff of any plaintiff law firm in Idaho. I’ve worked hard to bring only the best of the best onto our legal team. Whether you are dealing with immigration issues, an injury, or have been charged with a crime, our attorneys can help you receive justice and maximum compensation. “He fought for Idaho’s interests and individual freedom. Raúl brings that same passion and integrity to our law firm.”

At Skaug Law, we’re fortunate to have a power team of legal professionals. Among our experienced attorneys, we have a former judge, former prosecutors, former insurance defense lawyers, and a former Marine attorney captain who served two tours in Afghanistan. I’m pleased to announce that former U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador has joined our experienced Skaug Law team. Before Raúl entered politics, he was a successful immigration and criminal defense attorney with offices in Boise and Nampa. Since 2006, Raúl Labrador has been serving in government, first in the Idaho House of Representatives and then as a U.S. congressman representing Idaho’s 1st Congressional District for eight years.

Since then, Raúl has been serving as the chair of the Idaho Republican Party.

I have wanted to add immigration law to our practice for some time. As Raúl and I discussed the possibility of working together, I realized he was

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If These People Won Their Cases

Then So Can You!

While workers’ compensation cases are no laughing matter, the circumstances that led to these claims might make you laugh a little, especially when you learn that these people actually received compensation. The cause of their injuries may be unique, but it just goes to show that no matter how you injure yourself on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are three of the most bizarre workers’ comp claims to date. OFFERING A HELPING HIP All Clint Dwyer wanted to do was help a coworker knock a bag of chips loose from the vending machine. The machine had accepted her money, but it hadn’t dispensed her savory snack. Dwyer, always one to come to the aid of his coworkers, tried bumping the machine with his hip. He apparently bumped it pretty hard because he ended up fracturing his hip. The courts ruled in his favor because he was “injured while coming to the aid of a coworker seeking personal comfort.” ON YOUR FEET, LOSE YOUR SEAT During a lull in a hot workday, a group of construction workers sat together in an air-conditioned truck. Another coworker came by and told one of them that they were needed on the site, after which the “messenger” promptly stole the empty seat in the truck. Once the claimant realized he’d been tricked, he tried to reclaim his seat, only to break his leg while jumping over a trench. The South Dakota Supreme Court awarded him workers’ comp. THE CUTEST WORKPLACE HAZARD Working from home doesn’t necessarily keep you out of harm’s way. When JCPenney employee Mary Sandberg was going to her garage to get some fabric samples, she tripped over her dog and broke her wrist. In her claim, she argued that since she was retrieving work materials when the injury took place, her home acted as a work environment. She received compensation. Hopefully, her dog came out of this whole situation all right, as well. No matter how tenuous you think your workers’ comp case is, you won’t know for sure until you run it by the professionals. Call Skaug Law today at (208) 466-0030.

Digging for the Truth FOIA Lawsuits That Changed How Americans Participate in Democracy

The Freedom of Information Act, commonly referred to as FOIA, has been a crucial part of the democratic system for decades. It was designed to improve public access to governmental records, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work as intended. In most cases, requests are only answered if a lawsuit is filed. Nevertheless, FOIA has had a crucial role in many high-profile legal cases. Here are a couple of the most significant ones in American history. A JOURNALIST’S 16 YEARS IN COURT California-based journalist Seth Rosenfeld has had some serious contention with the FBI. In 1985, he filed his first lawsuit against the FBI for ignoring his requests for information about the Berkeley protests of the 1960s. The case was eventually settled in 1996, and Rosenfeld was awarded $560,000 in fees. In their settlement agreement, the FBI agreed to be more thorough with FOIA requests. Rosenfeld filed a second lawsuit in 2007 accusing the FBI of withholding information during former President Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Five years later, he was awarded $479,459 in attorney fees. Rosenfeld is known for having some of the longest-pending FOIA requests and has received over 300,000 pages of FBI documents since the 1980s. THE SCOMM SCANDAL In a landmark FOIA settlement concluded in 2013, the federal government paid $1.2 million to settle a suit brought by several civil rights groups over the Secure Communities (SCOMM) Immigration and Customs Enforcement program. The litigation exposed a plan to create a multi-agency database focused on collecting DNA, a person’s gait, and iris scans. When evidence was uncovered during the litigation, governors of New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts tried to opt their states out of the program, but the Department of Homeland Security determined SCOMM mandatory, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights. The case also changed how the government is required to identify, collect, and produce data for all FOIA requests. Thanks to FOIA and these important cases, the people’s right to government information (and honesty) will continue to progress in America’s democracy.

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Who’s Paying for All This? Your Options After an Accident With an Uninsured Motorist

Idaho insurance providers aren’t required to include the cost of property damage with UM and UIM coverage, so check with your provider to learn what coverage you have.

If you are in a car wreck that is not your fault, you may assume the at-fault party’s insurance will pay for your injuries and damages to your car. But what if the bad driver doesn’t have auto insurance or only has insurance minimums? While it’s required by law in Idaho to have auto insurance, not every driver on the road is insured. In some parts of Idaho, 25% of drivers are uninsured.

Most people we serve have too little UM and UIM coverage. Increasing your policy limits for this coverage is surprisingly inexpensive.

COLLISION COVERAGE Collision coverage is not a required form of coverage. If you’re in a collision with an uninsured motorist or involved in a hit-and-run, collision coverage will pay for the damages to your vehicle. But it does not cover the cost of any bodily injuries. FILING A LAWSUIT Insurance companies are in business to make money. To protect profits, your insurance adjuster will try to satisfy you with as little compensation as possible. If the insurance company is pushing you around, push back. Our attorneys can help you win the maximum for your collision and injuries. To find out how, call our 24/7 help line at (208) 466-0030.

If you’re hit by an uninsured motorist, what are your options?

UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE In Idaho, unless you purposefully opt out of it, uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverages are part of your insurance plan. These types of coverages are your best protection in accidents involving drivers with no insurance or against hit-and-run drivers.

What Our Clients Say

Orange Glazed Salmon

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Ingredients

• Zest from 1 orange • 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice • 1 tsp tapioca starch

• 2 salmon fillets (10 oz total) • 1 tsp salt • 2 tbsp ghee • 1 tbsp garlic, minced • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

“My circumstances were tragic and painful. The kindness you extended to me during this time was second to none. It made the entire process stress-free and helped with moving on.” –Rochelle Rauscher “The outcome of my case far exceeded any expectations. I had a wonderful experience after a not-so-wonderful accident.” –Alice Baldazo “Very good people to work with. It’s been a pleasure.” –James Medina Do you know someone who could use our help? Share this newsletter with them today!

Directions

1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.

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INSIDE THIS Issue

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Raúl Labrador Joins the Skaug Law Legal Team

Influential Freedom of Information Act Lawsuits History’s Strangest Workers’ Comp Cases

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Who’s Paying for All This? Orange Glazed Salmon

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Celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day Giving Back to Local Companies March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom- and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom-and-pop In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime.

GET SOCIAL AND SPREAD THE WORD! While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and-pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there too. Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well-established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses!

businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom-and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday!

GIVE YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY A BOOST! Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going.

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