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Two of Boise’s newspapers are fighting, and while it is entirely possible that neither will report the battle, this is really what local news is all about and readers may take interest in something otherwise not that interesting. So here it is: The Idaho Statesman is suing the Idaho Business Review in 4th District court over the placement of legal notices. Legal notices, because they are rarely bloody, are of minimal interest to most readers but are an adequate form of advertising, and, according to a report on KTVB news, the Statesman’s suit alleges the IBR is illegally running so-called “public notice advertising” that’s violating Idaho law.

Boise Newspapers in Lawsuit About Legal Notices

Two of Boise’s newspapers are fighting, and while it is entirely possible that neither will report the battle, this is really what local news is all about and readers may take interest in something otherwise not that interesting.

So here it is: The Idaho Statesman is suing the Idaho Business Review in 4th District court over the placement of legal notices.

Legal notices, because they are rarely bloody, are of minimal interest to most readers but are an adequate form of advertising, and, according to a report on KTVB news, the Statesman’s suit alleges the IBR is illegally running so-called “public notice advertising” that’s violating Idaho law.

Idaho State Code asserts that legal notices must be appear in the publication with “the largest paid circulation among all newspapers” published in a given area. That would mean the notices should appear in the Statesman, circulation of more than 60,000 a day, rather than the IBR, which has a paid circulation of 3,312 papers weekly.

The situation gets touchy because the Statesman and the IBR disagree on whether or not the provision applies to notices by non-governmental organizations. IBR publisher Rick Carpenter told KTVB that his legal counsel advises that the law applies only to governmental notices, not to notices by private parties, which they have been accepting.

So now the Statesman (along with the Idaho Allied Dailies newspaper association) says it is trying to protect the public interest because the IBR is misinterpreting the laws.

Ooh, them’s fighting words.

According to Carpenter, the Statesman contacted the advertisers and said legal notice advertising in a paper other than the Statesman is illegal in Ada County. Now IBR’s ad revenue is plummeting.

The truth lies in the law, right? So now that this battle is rolling, it is just a waiting game while the lawyers duke out the semantics. The craziest part, however, is that Boise news buffs are all of a sudden taking an interest in legal notices.

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3 comments

  1. I should note that the Idaho Business Review actually did write about the lawsuit: http://www.idahobusiness.net/viewstory.cfm?recid=5999

    My Friday request for an interview with Mi-Ah Parrish at the Statesman has so far gone unanswered.

    One other note – this story did not appear “on KTVB news” – but rather it was an online exclusive piece to KTVB.COM.

    Thanks for the link

  2. Hey Don,
    You wrote a great story, so sorry for the confusion about the news and online sites.
    Also, the story was in the Statesman yesterday. Now everything is covered…

  3. It’s of note that the suit was filed October 12th.

    Again, the Statesman did not return our request for an interview, only providing KTVB & IBR with a written statement. The publisher did however talk to her own staff reporter.