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When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney general Bill Schuette asks that hearing on grad student unions be halted
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By David Jesse Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a request with the state Supreme Court, asking it to stop a hearing scheduled for today to decide whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants can unionize.more »

Health Care Law
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Indiana Becomes Right-to-Work State as Daniels Signs Bill
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

By Tim Jones and Samm Quinn Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Governor Mitch Daniels made Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state by signing a bill exempting nonunion employees from paying dues when working alongside their unionized colleagues.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration's stark reality
Daily HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

A couple of Utah politicos are rattling sabers about immigration, but their proposals only underscore their failure to face the facts. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, has introduced a bill that would gut the sensible comprehensive immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industry seizes opportunities amid challenges in election year
Oil & Gas JournalFebruary 6, 2012

An otherwise hyper-partisan 112th Congress, which seemed to pass crucial bills only at the last minute, approved a federal pipeline safety authorization bill late in 2011 which Obama signed into law on Jan. 3. National Ocean Industries Association Pres ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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City settles lawsuit for $55K
Hattiesburg AmericanFebruary 2, 2012

... said the group that financially protects the city against such liability - but is not technically an insurance company - made the decision based on economic considerations when comparing the payout to the cost to continue litigation.more »

Animal Law
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NIH Needs to Make Good on Chimpanzees' Psychological Well-being
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

The Animal Welfare Act states that the "Secretary [of Agriculture] shall promulgate... minimum requirements...to promote the psychological well-being of primates." However, as study co-author, psychologist and NEAVS president, Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D., ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Future of Internet Policy Bills
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 8, 2012

February 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- On January 24, 2012, Congress was scheduled to vote on whether to debate two controversial bills regarding Internet privacy and intellectual property. The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Stop ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Settlement Sets State Record
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The family of a deceased Jackson County Courthouse employee recently settled the woman's Missouri asbestos lawsuit for $10 million, the largest asbestos settlement in the state's history. Nancy Lopez filed the asbestos lawsuit against the US ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Student coalition, chancellor urge overturn of Prop. 209
UC BerkeleyFebruary 13, 2012

By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | February 13, 2012 A multicultural student coalition that includes students from UC Berkeley is calling for the repeal of Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action programs in the state's public agencies.more »

Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums Key ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Singapore, Feb 03, 2012 (ACN Newswire via COMTEX) -- The highly anticipated Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and Business Forums return this year as part of Singapore Airshow 2012. Organised in conjunction with the biennial ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord urges tenancy cheats to come clean during fraud amnesty
24dash (press release)February 1, 2012

Terry Bonner, KHT's Operational Director of Landlord Services, said: “Tenancy fraud takes away homes from those on waiting lists who desperately need them. “We want to appeal to those who are committing fraud to do the right thing now, rather than risk ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Debt crisis threatens slow death for Portugal
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

In a six-room Lisbon office where until last year more than a dozen people worked, engineer Joao Paulo Lopes sits alone in silence amid dark computer screens, patiently waiting for a bankruptcy lawyer to shut the company's doors and send him home.more »

Litigation
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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Business Law
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Palin: Romney's $17 million in ads bought 'some false narrative' in Florida
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

"I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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NY man charged with trying to meet 6-year-old Bergen girl for sex
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

The “parent” was really a detective in the prosecutor's Computer Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed that Garmany distributed numerous video images of child pornography via the Internet, Molinelli said. Bail on the Bergen County charges was ...more »

Personal Injury
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Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer Fights Tort Reform
TopWireNews (press release)February 11, 2012

Cincinnati personal injury lawyer fights Tort reform that is being pushed because of so called lawsuit abuse or frivolous lawsuits. As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer for over 30 years, the reality is that jurors are very savvy and follow the law.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Turkey welcomes French constitutional appeal of 'genocide' law
FRANCE 24February 1, 2012

By Tony Todd (text) Turkey on Wednesday welcomed an appeal by some 130 French lawmakers for the Constitutional Court to overturn a law that would criminalise genocide denial in France. The draft law, which was passed by the Senate in January, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Marketing of Consumer Items in Standardized Packets and Weights to Be Made ...
VAdvert Press Center (press release)February 5, 2012

KV Thomas, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, briefing the media persons after the meeting of Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC) here today. The Minister said that Government has also proposed mandatory standardization of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Georgia's highest court to decide if neighborhood is responsible for fatal ...
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 7, 2012

By Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The Georgia Supreme Court is grappling with the question of whether a posh real-estate development is to blame for an alligator mauling an 83-year-old visitor to death. The seven justices on the state's highest court heard ...more »

Legal View
Khaleej TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Saleh Ahmed Al Obaidli is an Emirati Lawyer at the Hadef & Partners Advocates and Legal Consultants, Associate Member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre and a Member of the Jurists Association, with a Master's Degree in commercial law, ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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SEC's Owner Threshold, MF Global Hearing, Tax Plan: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

After President Barack Obama directed federal agencies last year to ensure their rules promote economic growth while using the least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends, Schapiro asked her staff to review rules to relieve burdens on smaller ...more »

Environmental Law
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Rep. Martha Roby column for week of February 6
Dothan Eagle (blog)February 6, 2012

Therefore, I support an “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes opening up new areas for American energy exploration, transitioning to renewable and alternative energy, and using more clean and reliable nuclear power.more »

Wills & Probate
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Free wills being offered by Leamington firm
Leamington ObserverFebruary 24, 2012

Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at Blythe Liggins. Picture by Jon Mullis 09.012.003.leam.jm1 (www.buyphotos247.com) BLYTHE Liggins Solicitors have teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care to offer free wills during the next three months.more »

Family Law
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Sweeping ban is set aside
Lawyers WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

Justice Doherty elaborated on the rigorous analytical approach judges should follow when applying the Supreme Court's Dagenais/Mentuck test to determine whether non-publication, sealing, or other privacy orders should be granted in any case. Media...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation on Legislative Agenda for Oklahoma State Chamber
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature was released on ...more »

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