Encroachments on Easements

Eastern Idaho’s climate is arid, with cold winters and hot dry summers. Most snowfall occurs in the surrounding mountains, and then melts in the spring and summer. Pioneers in Eastern Idaho harnessed those waters with canals and ditches that even today carry water to farms and ranches across the Snake River plain. Without irrigation water, farming and ranching in Eastern … Read More

Ag-Gag Law

On February 28, 2014 a new law protecting Idaho farmers and ranchers was signed into law. Idaho Code § 18-7402 now makes it illegal to interfere with agricultural production. Often referred to as the “ag-gag” bill, the law protects Idaho farmers and ranchers and makes it a crime for a person to: • Enter upon a farm or ranch by … Read More

Business Defamation: Keep it to yourself

Sometimes I catch my 12 year-old daughter intensely muttering things to herself. This typically occurs after my wife or I have committed some perceived wrong, thereby wrecking her pre-teen life. When asked what she is saying she always says, “nothing.” My daughter wisely knows that the things she is saying to herself will get her in trouble if spoken to … Read More

Beard St. Clair Gaffney Welcomes Terri L. Ackerman

Beard St. Clair Gaffney is pleased to announce that Terri L. Ackerman has joined the firm as a shareholder. Terri has more than twenty years of experience in sophisticated transactional and litigation matters. Terri moved to Idaho Falls from Philadelphia, where she was a partner at Cozen O’Connor, a global, full-service law firm. While a partner at Cozen O’Connor, Terri … Read More

The Nuts and Bolts of the Farm Bill

The first farm bill was passed during the Great Depression in order to give financial assistance to farmers who were struggling due to an excess crop supply, which in turn created low prices. Subsequent versions of the farm bill have stabilized prices for farm products and secured the food supply for Americans. On February 7, 2014 the President signed into … Read More

Michael W. Brown Admitted to Utah State Bar

Beard St. Clair Gaffney is please to announce that attorney Michael W. Brown has been admitted to the Utah State Bar. With attorneys licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington we are positioned to offer our business clients regional representation.