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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 »

Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pelton Way progress stalled
Hampton UnionFebruary 28, 2012

... recent public hearing on the topic of accepting Pelton Way as a town road hit a temporary road block, as a few "housekeeping items" needed to be addressed. "It's a matter of ensuring everything is in place," Administrative Assistant Lori Ruest said ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gallup poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 29, 2012

Even among Americans who support President Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the US Constitution, a Gallup poll released Monday revealed. The poll, conducted Feb. 20-21, indicates that 72 percent of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jim Jones Arrested Twice Over Three Day Period
News OneFebruary 28, 2012

Rapper and reality star Jim Jones (pictured) was arrested for a second time on Monday for driving with a suspended license, reports TMZ. This latest arrest comes on the heels of another brush with the law, when the renegade rapper reportedly incited a ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Frederick, English language law sows conflict amid Hispanic immigrant boom
Washington PostFebruary 25, 2012

Amid such signs of change — driven by a rapid influx of mostly Hispanic immigrants that has brought both vibrant development and social tensions — the Frederick Board of County Commissioners last week adopted an ordinance making English the county's ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Port Huron City Council approves drafting fire merger
Port Huron Times HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

By AMY BIOLCHINI The relationship between the Port Huron and Marysville fire departments received a blessing Monday night from Port Huron City Council. Council unanimously voted for City Manager Bruce Brown to draft a merger agreement, with legal ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Congressman facing pressure from Jewish groups on adviser's religious divorce ...
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

The dispute, among others, has prompted some discussion within the rabbinical community of how to avoid these situations. Herzfeld said that, for any wedding he officiates, he always requires the bride and groom to sign a prenuptial agreement of sorts ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Fulbright Adds Mortgage Banking Pair to Litigation Department
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

He received his JD from Tulane University School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Northwestern. His professional associations include Mortgage Bankers Association of America and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.more »

Animal Law
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Hays County commissioners to reconsider law that called for death of two dogs
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 21, 2012

As part of a technology change, commenting will not be available on some articles for a number of months. Read more about the change here. By Ciara O'Rourke SAN MARCOS — In response to the euthanization last week of two dogs who had been caught on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property infringement and labour disputes identified as serious ...
Virtual Press Office (press release)February 27, 2012

Notwithstanding heightened efforts by the Chinese authorities to curb intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, companies saw little improvement in IPR protection in 2011. More than half of the respondents (54 per cent) consider IPR infringement ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Judge in Gulf oil spill trial can handle the numbingly complex trial ahead ...
NOLA.comFebruary 12, 2012

View full sizeDaniel Erath, Times-Picayune archive'The Court expects, indeed insists, that professionalism and courteous cooperation permeate this proceeding from now until this litigation is concluded,' US District Judge Carl Barbier has warned ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court should keep affirmative action at universities
MU The ParthenonFebruary 27, 2012

You may not understand what it is or how it works, but you at least know the basic details of it: Affirmative action. Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision to rehear a case that could overturn the ability for universities to consider race when ...more »

Cypress student wins at state and national levels in aviation art contest
Orange County BreezeFebruary 29, 2012

Eight Orange County students have been recognized in the state level of the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed “Silent Flight.” Of these students, three have also had their artwork honored at the National Level of the competition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 6, 2012

When the final judgment is entered, you can then obtain a Writ of Possession. The Writ of Possession authorizes law enforcement to remove the tenant and the tenant's belongings from the property. Your clerk of court or the sheriff's office can quickly ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Alabama legislators cool to bankrupt county's woes
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

Residents of Jefferson County are feeling the strain of severely reduced services after the county, home to Birmingham, the state's largest city, last year filed the biggest US municipal bankruptcy in history. The county is struggling with day-to-day ...more »

Litigation
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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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Budget looming, Wash. lawmakers push reforms
The Seattle TimesFebruary 18, 2012

(HB 2330) UNDERAGE ONLINE SEX ADS: The Senate has passed a measure to clamp down on sellers of online classified sex ads who don't verify the ages of those depicted. Lawmakers are targeting Backpage.com, which operates the largest sex ad clearinghouse ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Regarding “Act Of Valor”
Coronado Eagle and JournalFebruary 23, 2012

After all, besides obvious military benefits, there is the glorious weather. Once in a while, we also get to participate in movie openings, especially when they involve the military. Such as the recent opening of the movie “Act of Valor.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber crimes on the upsurge
The Borneo PostFebruary 25, 2012

“Clearly the increasing spate of cyber crimes not only in Malaysia but worldwide, calls for more effective law enforcement, harnessing modern and latest technology to combat them. “The Internet and computers are the most common tools we use in our ...more »

Personal Injury
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Scottish News: Employee sues personal injury firm after breaking wrist in fall ...
Scottish Daily RecordFebruary 29, 2012

A SECRETARY is suing a personal injury company she worked for after falling down office stairs and breaking her wrist. Rose Clark has launched the legal battle against Quantum, who offer a no-win-no-fee service for those injured at work.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NCTC anti-constitutional, law and order state subject: Arun Jaitley
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 19, 2012

"Law and order is a state subject and setting up of NCTC is anti-constitutional," he told reporters here yesterday. He also alleged Congress leaders of deliberately attacking the Election Commission and violating the model code of conduct.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Austin College hosts Annual Law Symposium for students, professionals March 2
North Texas e-NewsFebruary 20, 2012

While a member of the law firm, she pursued litigation in several areas, including will contests, trusts, general commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, labor and employment, and intellectual property. She earned her bachelor's degree, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC to complete majority of Dodd-Frank rules by summer
Agri-PulseFebruary 29, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing today to review the 2012 agenda of the CFTC as the agency continues to investigate the collapse of MF Global and finalize rules of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Denver CO Personal Injury Attorney - Vaden Law Firm - Launches New Website
EIN News (press release)February 28, 2012

The Vaden Law Firm specializes in personal injury accident cases, real estate law, car and truck accidents, business law, and trusts and estate planning. Vaden Law provides personal attention to clients offering years of experience, expert knowledge of ...more »

GO Topeka changes not in line with Mars contract
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 22, 2012

The modifications released Wednesday would retain 1920.93 residential acres — containing 76 parcels and 32 dwellings — that initially were slated to be rezoned as commercial, office and institutional or light industrial. The new proposal looks almost ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge Blocks Law Requiring Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing US tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Firing in defense at party puts man in trouble
Delmarva NowFebruary 29, 2012

Defense attorney Sharri Mapp admitted her client had a lengthy criminal history but said the bulk of it was because of drugs. "You have been in a lot of trouble over the years," said Judge W. Revell Lewis III, "You come out and you do he same thing ...more »

Commentary: Ask questions when choosing a tax preparer
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 21, 2012

Soon you will have to decide how to deal with last year's income tax situation. So, do you try to file you own income tax returns, or are you thinking about hiring a tax professional? Tax laws can be complicated and usually change from year to year, ...more »

Galt firings draw age-discrimination lawsuit
Sacramento BeeFebruary 21, 2012

The suit, however, complains that the city's conduct showed "malice, oppression and/or fraud" and violated state laws barring discrimination on the basis of age. Lawrance A. Bohm, the Sacramento attorney who filed the Jeffries lawsuit, said the city ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt company Asset Acceptance settles FTC charges it harassed consumers ...
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette One of the nation's biggest debt collectors has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company tried to trick people into paying old debts -- part of a crackdown ...more »

Environmental Law
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Law school events round-up: Debates, lectures, concerts & more at GNLU, Nalsar ...
Legally IndiaFebruary 28, 2012

Law school events: Like a party, but legalLegally India is looking to document more law school events and is starting out with a listing of nine events of the past two months. Please let us have your feedback and ideas.more »

Wills & Probate
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Family history courses on offer in Chard
This is The West CountryFebruary 22, 2012

Pre 1837 records can then be researched on Friday, April 27, and Friday, May 4, looking at parish records, poor law, wills and probate, maps and old photos. Finally, there is an advanced organising, writing up and presenting course planned for Saturday ...more »

Family Law
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Steven Powell was involved in daughter-in-law's disappearance, his family says
Q13 FOXFebruary 22, 2012

"She was a threat for his control over the family. She was too strong to have around," he said. Steven Powell filed court papers last week saying he will not cooperate with investigations being conducted by law enforcement agencies into the case.more »

Workers Compensation
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Alpha Review Migrates to Mitchell SmartAdvisor(TM) Medical Bill Review Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Prior to selecting Mitchell as its workers' compensation claims management and cost containment solutions provider, Alpha Review was an Ingenix PowerTrak client. "We welcome Alpha Review to the SmartAdvisor medical bill review family," said Nina ...more »

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