The recently passed Idaho House Bill 593 establishes new rules to govern arbitration proceedings involving insurers and worker's compensation claims within the state. The new rules, which were approved by Governor Otter and came into effect on July 1, 2010, create grounds for Idaho's insured to force their insurance providers to pay for attorney's fees incurred during any arbitration between them and their insurance provider. To litigants of insurance and wowker's compensation claims, these rules will sound familiar as Idaho previously created a similar rule for awarding attorney's fees in lawsuits against insurers. This expansion trnasfers over all of those same rules, including the standing exemption for surety and fidelity insurers, as well as special rules governing worker's compensation.
Nathan C. Volpi, Idaho Offers More than Just Potatoes to Victorious Parties in Arbitration, 3 244 (2011).