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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 »

Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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County won't lose judge
Escanaba Daily PressFebruary 11, 2012

The Legislature had originally planned to reduce 45 judges statewide, including nine in the Upper Peninsula, following recommendations last year by the State Court Administrative Office. Goebel thanked local state representatives Sen.more »

Health Care Law
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How Cherie Blair and New Labour's aristocracy plan to cash in on 'Tory' health...
Daily MailFebruary 25, 2012

By David Rose Having proclaimed that Parliament has 'three months to save our NHS', and that the Government's Health and Social Care Bill will turn out to be David Cameron's Poll Tax, Labour leader Ed Miliband has been basking in his first opinion poll ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The entry titled "Wentworth: Jones should repay $30000."
Austin American-Statesman (blog)February 14, 2012

In a statement, Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said Jones became ineligible to serve on the commission that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas when she moved her legal residence to San Antonio last November to run against him in the GOP primary.more »

Immigration Law
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Utah Immigration Act Judge Awaits Top Court's Arizona Ruling
BloombergFebruary 22, 2012

The judge considering a federal government bid to block enforcement of three Utah immigration statutes said he won't rule on the request until after the US Supreme Court decides a case involving a similar Arizona law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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How the Roanoke Valley nearly lured Sierra Nevada
Roanoke TimesFebruary 26, 2012

Perhaps the full case of drinking water from Spring Hollow Reservoir in west Roanoke County would remind the rock star-like founder of California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. how good things could be here, thought Roanoke County economic development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dean Valentine and Mark Grotjahn settle on resale royalties
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 8, 2012

After more than a year of court filings and hearings and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, artist Mark Grotjahn and Dean Valentine, one of his earliest collectors, have settled a high-profile dispute over the payment of the resale royalty ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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RDA Financing: The Devil's In the Details
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Hercules paid $2.7 million in fees to issue the bonds now the subject of litigation -- $1.3 million in 2005 and $1.4 million in 2007. Investors don't give money away. Before writing checks they want solid security features assuring that public agencies ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty case continued so defense can research new law
Oxford PressFebruary 22, 2012

By Ed Richter, Staff Writer 9:21 AM Wednesday, February 22, 2012 HAMILTON — A Lockland man who is accused of starving and abandoning a pit bull at a city park in December had his case continued until March 21 until his lawyer can research how a new ...more »

Intellectual Property
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MyIPO approves registration of two intellectual properties
The Borneo PostFebruary 25, 2012

KUCHING: Malaysian Intellectual Property Organisation (MyIPO) yesterday handed over two intellectual properties for Sarawak to Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. The certificates were for the registrations of Litsara as a trade mark under ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Baron and Budd now offers free wristbands to help raise awareness of mesothelioma
News-Medical.netFebruary 23, 2012

...law firm of Baron and Budd is now offering free wristbands to help raise awareness of mesothelioma cancer. The wristbands are available here and come in adult and children's sizes. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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One more big case: High court adds affirmative action in college entry to ...
Chicago TribuneFebruary 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is setting an election-season review of racial preference in college admissions, agreeing Tuesday to consider new limits on the contentious issue of affirmative action programs. A challenge from a white student who ...more »

Global Aviation Holdings Inc. Announces Interim Approval of DIP Financing
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Global Aviation Holdings Inc. ("Global" or the "Company") today announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) approved the Company's debtor-in-possession (DIP) ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ousted tenant fights expulsion from St. Henri apartment
CTV.caFebruary 28, 2012

A tenant who was living in a St. Henri apartment building says he's been unfairly evicted when his landlord ousted him following a nearby fire. Cartoonist and musician Rick Trembles said he was tossed from his home on Ste. Emilie St. last month after ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Inflation down but growth still in doubt
Evening StandardFebruary 14, 2012

The bad is that Moody's, the credit ratings agency, has put the UK on what it calls "negative outlook"; in other words, Britain may, if economic growth does not recover, lose its AAA credit rating. The good news is that the annual inflation rate, ...more »

Litigation
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Renowned Litigator Steve Susman Launches "Trial by Agreement" Website
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Susman, a nationally known litigator based in Houston Texas, has launched TrialbyAgreement.com, a groundbreaking website aimed at ultimately transforming litigation in the United States into a process that is more ...more »

Business Law
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Arbitron Lays Down the Law
Radio InkFebruary 29, 2012

Arbitron also wants advertising agencies to know they cannot generate reports and send them to non-subscribers to see how they stack up. I hope you are doing well. This letter is a friendly reminder sent as part of our ongoing effort to keep licensed ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vet Mistakenly Declared AWOL Arrested, Jailed
Military.comFebruary 11, 2012

As Castro recalls, and as documents he provided to Stars and Stripes confirm, a sergeant from his unit took him around post, where he turned in his military equipment and clothing, listened as he was briefed on what transition assistance and benefits...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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TPD, Internet Crimes task force arrest man on child pornography charges
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)February 29, 2012

A police report from TPD says Kirkpatrick used "common Internet search terms" for child pornography on multiple occasions. After Kirkpatrick was confronted at his home and his house was searched, he said he used Torrent programs and Frostwire to ...more »

Personal Injury
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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 »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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White drama nears its end
Indianapolis StarFebruary 29, 2012

The state's highest court will hear arguments over former Secretary of State Charlie White's eligibility to be a candidate in the 2010 race. The court's opinion, which could come soon after the hearing, is expected to end a 14-month legal battle over ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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QBE merges casualty, professional and financial lines
Insurance InsightFebruary 20, 2012

David Fitzpatrick will be QBE's regional head of casualty international Australia, Canada, South Africa, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical. Alastair Herbert has been appointed regional head of Casualty International Europe, Middle East, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New consumer bureau targets bill collectors, credit bureaus
Kansas City StarFebruary 16, 2012

Since the Great Recession hit in 2007, federal consumer lawsuits filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act have more than doubled and complaints about problem collectors have skyrocketed. The 144000 complaints about debt collectors that the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House passes speedy foreclosure bill
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

Critics said the bill would create a new “trail of tears” from displaced homeowners, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers praised the legal revisions for balancing homeowners' rights against clearing a backlog of foreclosures to boost the real estate...more »

Xcel Energy 2011 Year End Earnings Report
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The rate increases are net of a provision for refund of approximately $67 million for Minnesota and $2.3 million for North Dakota, based on settlements reached with various parties in both cases. In addition, NSP-Minnesota reduced depreciation expense ...more »

Sports Law
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Ohio school shooting may shift discussion back to state's lax gun laws
Washington Post (blog)February 28, 2012

By Elizabeth Flock A gunman at Chardon High School in Ohio opened fire Monday on students with a .22-caliber handgun, which he had stowed in his handbag. Two students were fatally shot and three others were injured. School Superintendent Joe Bergant ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 23, 2012

23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Daniel D. Rubinstein, as well as noted technology, media and intellectual property litigator Paul D. McGrady, Jr., have joined its ...more »

Don't complicate tax filing by getting scammed
Kansas.comFebruary 25, 2012

Find out how to contact the preparer in the event that your taxes are audited by the IRS. • Check with the BBB to find out if there have been complaints about the preparer in the past. Consumers in need of quick cash may be tempted to get a refund ...more »

Canadian Youth Perceive Age Discrimination While Volunteering
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian youth feel discriminated against because of their age while seeking, and being assigned, volunteer responsibilities, according to a landmark voluntary sector research study. This key insight prompted leaders from the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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CME Subpoenaed by Grand Jury a Day After MF Fell
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

"Grand juries have enormous investigative powers," said Andrew Leipold, a professor with the University of Illinois College of Law. "My instinct is that setting one up the next day [after MF Global's bankruptcy] is pretty fast for anybody to move.more »

Environmental Law
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BTU International Reports Fourth Quarter Sales and Fiscal Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BTU International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTUI) , a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced its financial ...more »

Wills & Probate
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15 Second Pitch: Flatiron Legal Advisors LLC
Daily CameraFebruary 25, 2012

The company's pitch: Flatiron Legal Advisors specializes in cost-conscious divorce, family law, wills and trusts, conservatorships, guardianships, probate, business formations and real estate transactions. We offer reasonable flat rates for many ...more »

Family Law
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Family Legal Aid Cuts Harmful to Justice, Say Law Society
LawFuel.co.nzFebruary 23, 2012

The NZ Law Society believes cuts to the family legal aid system are not only going to be 'harmful to justice' but won't deliver the promised savings, either. Changes to a family legal aid proposed in a bill now before Parliament will have a major ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMERIND Expands Partnership with Ravello Solutions by Adding Workman's ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 16, 2012

AMERIND is a top flight organization with a critical mission and we are proud to support its mission and goals” Andy Serowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Ravello has a long history in the Workers Compensation sector.more »

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