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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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New records rule to be reviewed for transparency
The OlympianFebruary 13, 2012

The state Supreme Court, prodded into action by a 2009 case involving a reprimanded Federal Way judge, is weighing a rule to underscore that court administrative records are public. The high court took comments on the draft rule last week.more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law's Insurance Mandate Will Be Struck Down at Supreme Court: Poll
International Business TimesFebruary 29, 2012

For other types of senior housing, you can access Seniors for Living's list of thousands of additional facilities. A USA Today/Gallup poll this week said 72 percent of Americans believe the individual mandate, the centerpiece to the Affordable Care Act...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Cops: Therrell student with gun arrested
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 17, 2012

The student was one of three youths arrested in an incident at DM Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy in southwest Atlanta, police said. After they were arrested, one of them said he needed to use the restroom, Jones said.more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona: Romney's model for immigration policy
The Hill (blog)February 29, 2012

To appeal to the most extreme elements of his party, last week he called Arizona's harsh immigration law, “a model for America.” Arizona's anti-immigrant law is definitely a model. It's just not a model for immigration policy.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Planning commission can remove areas up for rezoning
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 28, 2012

A 23-acre parcel also would keep its heavy industrial classification, and 81 acres would remain as planned unit development districts. The latest proposal removes the commercial and office and institutional districts that were meant to serve as a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Implications of Arab Spring and political transitions raise concerns for ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

Aon Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in respect of insurance mediation activities only. Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL -0.17% , parent of U-Haul International, Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, today reported net earnings ...more »

Animal Law
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Acall for animal rights
Bangkok PostFebruary 15, 2012

However, every year is a difficult year for animals in Thailand since this country still lacks the law to fight cruelty against animals and better animals' lives. Worse, not all legislators see the importance of having such a law.more »

Intellectual Property
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Goldman Sachs, Facebook, Hyundai: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 21, 2012

By Ellen Rosen (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Adds Motorola Mobility in Patent section and Pirate Bay in Copyright.) Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sergey Aleynikov, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WorkSafeBC imposes almost $5 million in penalties in 2011
Canadian Safety ReporterFebruary 28, 2012

WorkSafeBC imposed 352 penalties in 2011, totaling $4883489.89 against employers for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act in British Columbia. The 352 penalties were imposed against 289 individual ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action laws outdated
The GamecockFebruary 29, 2012

By Molly McCarthy, The Daily Gamecock The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an affirmative action case, highlighting a contentious issue that has attracted controversy since it became law in the 1960s. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is set to ...more »

TechCareers Series Adds Aviation Pilots eBook
PR Web (press release)February 28, 2012

TSTC Publishing's newest ebook entry in its TechCareer Series, Aviation Pilots, made its debut in early February. The book, written by Jodi Wheatley, provides an in-depth guide to the job-market potential of being a pilot, as well as the requirements ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Agents warned over illegality in taking tenants' money too early
Rentman SoftwareFebruary 28, 2012

This is because the 2004 Housing Act says that all and any money paid in advance of a tenancy and which could or should be returned to the tenant is defined as a deposit. Trade bodies and schemes – including ARLA, NALS and SAFEagent – have been asked ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Leading Finance Attorney Christine Swanick Joins Sheppard Mullin New York
MarketWatch (press release)February 14, 2012

... Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Finance and Bankruptcy practice group, and will be based in the firm's New York office. Swanick joins from Dorsey & Whitney in New York, where she co-chaired the firm's Indian Law group.more »

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The levy is high: BP's reckoning in New Orleans
Globe and MailFebruary 27, 2012

Multi-District Litigation 2179 is not a pretty name, but learn to love it. It is the technical name for what may be the biggest ever civil damages trial. It starts on Monday in New Orleans, two years after the Macondo accident that killed 11 men and ...more »

Business Law
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Google to EU: Delay? No Way!
TechNewsWorldFebruary 29, 2012

The Google lawyer's letter was a response to a missive sent to the company on Monday by the CNIL expressing its concerns that the proposed policy changes would violate the privacy of EU citizens. In its letter to Google, the CNIL, authorized to study ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DOD budget leaves tough pay, benefit decisions for future years
Stars and StripesFebruary 13, 2012

By Chris Carroll WASHINGTON — Military spending will fall in 2013, but the first Defense Department budget decrease since 9/11 leaves for the future difficult decisions about pay and benefits, now one-third of the defense budget and growing.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Canton man faces six felonies after making contact with teens
Shelby Township Source NewspapersFebruary 28, 2012

Taylor faces six felony charges including distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal matter; three counts of using a computer to commit a crime; accosting for immoral purposes and extortion. Sheriff Tony Wickersham said the investigation began in ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ambulance Chasers Offer Lessons in Digital Marketing
AdAge.comFebruary 29, 2012

More than 800 trial-attorney firms, according to NMS, actively spend on Google keyword advertising, with at least 25 such firms spending more than $100000 annually with Google. And terms that are hot-button issues in the personal-injury legal realm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French Constitutional Council Says Armenia Genocide Law Unconstitutional
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

PARIS (Dow Jones)--The French Constitutional Council Tuesday said the law approved by French Parliament in late 2011 that makes it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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In each case, Sumner attorney wants to learn something new
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB targets credit rating and debt collection agencies
PoliticoFebruary 16, 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its first major regulatory proposal Thursday, aiming to put debt collection services and credit reporting agencies under the same scrutiny as banks. The unprecedented proposal would give the federal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lavish Partner Pensions May Strain Firm Finances, Divide Generations, The ...
SunHerald.comFebruary 29, 2012

NEW YORK -- An investigation of large law firms' partner pension plans by ALM's The American Lawyer finds trouble ahead as generous benefit commitments stress firm finances and set the stage for generational conflicts. The study reported in the March ...more »

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Updates for the San Jacinto-Tizate Project
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Under the steam turbine supply contract with Fuji Electric Corp. of America ("Fuji") for the Project's Phase I, 36 MW steam turbine generator, Fuji was required to conduct a performance test shortly after commercial operation of the geothermal power ...more »

Sports Law
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Notable Arrests of Chicago Bears Players: A Fan's Take
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 27, 2012

Fresh off of the heels of the Sam Hurd arrest, JT Thomas found himself on the wrong side of the law this month in Virginia. Originally pulled over for going the wrong way on a one way street and speeding, Thomas was found to be in possession of a small ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Major mistake: Jimmy Dimora's defense attorney says jury should return 'guilty ...
NewsNet5.comFebruary 29, 2012

AKRON, Ohio - Jimmy Dimora's defense attorney made a major flub in his closing argument in federal court. He said, “I think you'll be returning a verdict of 'guilty' on each and every one of these counts.” Defense attorney Bill Whitaker did not appear ...more »

ICE delivers hefty fines for paperwork errors
Houston ChronicleFebruary 20, 2012

By Susan Carroll The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 mandates that employees provide documentation proving their identity and ability to work legally in the United States. Employers are required to fill out an I-9 form for every newly hired ...more »

Frightening power of discrimination laws
The GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

My letter to Radio 4's The Media Show last week about the Miriam O'Reilly/Countryfile age discrimination case has been interpreted in some odd ways (Report, 23 February; Letters, 28 February). For the avoidance of doubt, as a lawyer would say, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Phuket business: Axiom legal financing segregated portfolio
Phuket GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

The Axiom fund provides loans to law firms trying non-frivolous lawsuits such as divorce, etc. As with the types of notes I had looked at before, all the cases are insured and there is also insurance taken out against the law firm should it fail.more »

Environmental Law
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Global Fuel Demand Outside Iran Outstrips Supply, U.S. Says
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

31 law that requires the EIA to provide an update on oil market conditions every 60 days. “The EIA report highlights how tight the global market is,” Trevor Houser, an energy analyst and parter at Rhodium Group, a New York-based economic research firm, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorney Joins Haverhill Bank Board Of Directors
Banker & TradesmanFebruary 21, 2012

A partner with the Haverhill law firm of LaFlamme, Barron & Chabot for more than 20 years, Barron represents small- and medium-size businesses, and also has a concentration in estate planning, wills, real estate and probate law.more »

Family Law
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Love and relationships: march is divorce month
WTOL.comFebruary 29, 2012

(ARA) - Have you been thinking about divorce? Have you been searching the Internet for information about divorce? But putting off the decision until after the holiday season? Legal websites such as are being flooded with searches for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. Senate passes workers' compensation bill
MSN MoneyFebruary 17, 2012

(AP) - In a move that Republicans contend will make Missouri more attractive to businesses, the state Senate approved legislation Thursday to expand the workers' compensation program. The measure, approved with a largely party-line 28-6 vote, ...more »


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