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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 »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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A new day in court
The GA VoiceFebruary 1, 2012

The City of Atlanta has to make decisions based on facts rather than bias," said Scott Schoettes, Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, in a press release before the hearing. "We asked the Court to recognize that our client presented more than enough ...more »

Health Care Law
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Roman Catholic Bishop Timothy McDonnell denounces contraceptive mandate in new ...
MassLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Stephanie Barry, The Republican SPRINGFIELD – Springfield's Roman Catholic Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell has joined religious leaders everywhere in a fierce reaction to the national healthcare law's mandate to include free contraceptives and other ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Shrewsbury student inspires peers to act globally
Community AdvocateFebruary 5, 2012

Photo/Joan Goodchild Shrewsbury – It was an email message that Ann Jones, interim principal at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, received in the first weeks of school in August 2011 that was a bit different. Jones is used to chatting with students, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's Immigration Law to Cost State Millions in Lost Taxes, Study Says
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama employers say Latinos -- including legal immigrants -- are not showing up at their jobs because of the hostile environment they feel since an immigration law took effect.AP Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Stories New Immig.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Trade union laws must be overhauled
Nation on SundayFebruary 3, 2012

Although the law recognises the right to strike, it is not a weapon that should be used lightly particular in the public sector since these enterprises are invariably providing an essential service to the public. We inherited the Trade Union laws from ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Frost & Sullivan Names DigitalRoute as Global Mediation Competitive Strategy ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

DigitalRoute refers to this approach as "Horizontal Mediation". Together with partner solutions, MediationZone from DigitalRoute has been deployed by 240 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. Its revenue has grown sharply, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Goldberg Segalla LLP Welcomes James J. Wrynn, Former New York State ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 10, 2012

"He knows the industry and insurance law inside and out, and he is tremendously respected in the business community. His experience will bring a unique perspective and a distinct advantage to Goldberg Segalla's insurance and reinsurance clients across ...more »

Animal Law
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Bob Barker: The Price Is Wrong For Animal Testing (TAKE ACTION)
Global AnimalFebruary 1, 2012

(ANIMAL TESTING) VIRGINIA — Long time animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to ask the University of Virginia to stop doing it's pediatric testing on live cats. Barker points out that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Suit filed against several corporations that allegedly used asbestos
WLDS-WEAI NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A lawsuit naming 14 national corporations that allegedly used and sold products containing asbestos was filed in Morgan County court yesterday. Larry and Judy Hill filed the eight-count suit asking for in excess of $50000. The suit, which represents ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Pass Affirmatiive Action Bill-Council Of State Member
GhanaFebruary 13, 2012

Naa Seidu Braimah, Member of the Council of State has called for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law after the drafting of the Legislation on it. Naa Braimah, who is also the chief of Guli, in the Wa Municipality, ...more »

Aviation unit comes home to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan, 281 soldiers strong
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

A Tuesday night flight brought 281 members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan to the US Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. As fellow soldiers looked on, Staff Sgt. Joey Honeycutt handed Spc.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ten-Hut! Updated "Financial Field Manual" For Military Families' Personal ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Special Benefits for Military Families. Members of the military have special legal rights and access to other valuable benefits, such as a GI bill that can help service members, their spouses and their children pay for college.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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More than 6,0000 Child Porn Images Discovered, 9-Million Dollar Bond Set
KATVFebruary 4, 2012

... his home computer faces a felony charge per image. Friday afternoon Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at 49-year old Norman Jewett's home. In 2010, the sheriff's office formed the Internet Crimes against Children Task force.more »

Personal Injury
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The Big Trial Charade
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 12, 2012

The reality is that a defendant's liability insurance company controls all aspects of the defense of the at-fault party including choosing the defense lawyer and making the ultimate settlement decision. The defendant merely goes along for the ride ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Wash. considers collecting DNA upon arrest
KING5.comFebruary 6, 2012

Nevertheless, the rush to expand DNA's use in criminal investigations worries privacy advocates, and courts around the country have disagreed about whether such laws violate the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects people from ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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R. BROOKS ASSOC., INC. v. HARTER SECREST & EMERY LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hennepin County judge: Texas firm must provide records
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 10, 2012

In December, the state office accused the company of stonewalling its inquiry into whether the company takes advantage of vulnerable adults and tries to circumvent consumer-protection laws. The attorney general's office claimed the company has "utterly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of local shops weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The closing of dispensaries has affected local commercial vacancy rates. / Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal An October 2010 Lansing-area market report from NAI Mid-Michigan Vlahakis Commercial showed vacancy rates for several different types of ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Texas Traffic Laws Recently Enacted; Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

Dallas criminal defense lawyer Richard C. McConathy discusses the new laws and the potential criminal implication the traffic laws may have on drivers. The new speed limit laws in Texas could potentially lead to an increased number of criminal traffic ...more »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

Congress exempt from several federal laws
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Blumenthal says LI Sound should be marine refuge
TheDay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The Sound needs the additional protection that sanctuary status would afford to preserve and enhance its value as an environmental and economic asset to New York, Connecticut and the whole nation, Blumenthal said. It would help prevent industrial ...more »

Environmental Law
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State law hurting Virginia's green future? Lawmakers eye changes
WSLSFebruary 2, 2012

State lawmakers are looking at making changes to a law that some argue may be hindering Virginia's push for renewable energy. As America makes the push for energy independence, many are turning to solar as one way to lead the charge.more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 8, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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Bill to penalize families who aid fugitives moves forward
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 6, 2012

If the bill passes in its current form, there will be no exemptions for family, and the punishment for harboring a felon will increase. The harboring law now carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison and two years' supervision.more »

Workers Compensation
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Private vs. public sector workers
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

In response to Andrew Taylor's article in The Seattle Times regarding private sector versus federal-worker compensation [“Earnings of many federal workers top private sector,” News, Jan. 31]. The question should not be why federal workers are earning ...more »

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