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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 »

WA Govt funds Telstra mobile expansion
DelimiterFebruary 1, 2012

news The nation's largest telco Telstra the Western Australian State Government's Regional Mobile Communication Project (RMCP) contract, a deal which will see Telstra receive $39.2 million from the state government and in return provide a value return ...more »

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Administrative Law
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GBTA's Michael W. McCormick Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In August 2011, it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. Congress has enacted similar protections from discriminatory state and local excise taxes for other interstate travelers such as airline, ...more »

Health Care Law
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History shows that Kagan should hear health care law
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 1, 2012

As Obama's health care law reaches the Supreme Court, the clamor from conservatives and their libertarian sympathizers becomes shriller every day. From Dick Morris and Hans von Spakovsky to WorldNetDaily and The Washington Times, the call rings clear: ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Judge lifts death penalty for Wayne County murderer
WRAL.comFebruary 2, 2012

Goldsboro, NC — A Goldsboro man on Thursday became the 17th prisoner to avoid the death penalty under a 2001 state law that prohibits the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones vacated the death sentence of Marvin ...more »

Immigration Law
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Nigerian Central Washington student stuck in immigration limbo
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Technically under an order of deportation, Nigerian native Al Okere could be deported at any time. Now that he's at Central Washington University, he's getting support from activists lobbying for the so-called Dream Act. By MANUEL VALDES The Associated ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Sells Location Business to Persistent Systems
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Building on its mobile data heritage, Openwave mobilizes the Internet with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Proposes Animal Shelter Law Repeal
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 1, 2012

By Kellie Onaga The animals waiting for homes in California shelters have no idea what could be coming. They may get an early death sentence under Governor Jerry Brown's proposal that would repeal parts of a state law meant to protect them.more »

Intellectual Property
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UC Berkeley intellectual property has started 146 companies in 20 years
San Francisco Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Intellectual property rights from the University of California, Berkeley , have been used to start 146 businesses in the last two decades. Some prolific professors have started plenty of companies -- chemist Richard Mathies, for example, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US hastens financial crisis probes amid election year
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

... time to bring charges before statutes of limitations on crisis-era RMBS and CDOs run out -- are spurring the US government to push ahead with RMBS law enforcement and private investors to pursue litigation, according to people close to the probes.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is It Bias? Is It Legal?
Inside Higher EdFebruary 3, 2012

Asked if Asian-American applicants face bias at top colleges, Hernandez said "after 10 years of doing this [counseling] and four years in Dartmouth admissions, I don't think it's intentional, but I think there is discrimination.more »

Vt. Tech College to begin 4-year aviation bachelor degree
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

AP WILLISTON, Vt. — The Vermont Technical College is going to begin offering a four-year bachelor of science program in aviation called Professional Pilot Technology. The college said Thursday it had received approval for the program from the New ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment - A Bang or a Whimper
JD Supra (press release)February 3, 2012

Almost all commercial leases in the United States include a covenant of quiet enjoyment. At its simplest level, the protection afforded by the covenant to a tenant is straightforward: a landlord must not interfere with a tenant's use and enjoyment of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Loan officer survey: demand up but lending picture still bleak
Columbus Business FirstFebruary 1, 2012

The report, which polls lenders on credit standards, demand and other topics, illustrated a domestic credit market that has remained tight even as the economy started growing again. That's bad news for many businesses that plan to take out a loan to ...more »

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New litigation firm has niche in employment law
Bermuda SunFebruary 8, 2012

Ms Snelling, a specialist in general civil litigation with a focus on employment law, has joined forces with Mr Harshaw, who works in commercial and public law. She said: “Canterbury is a boutique litigation firm with a niche in employment law — we're ...more »

Business Law
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A planned Super Bowl anti-abortion ad has one less slot
HULIQFebruary 1, 2012

By Michael Santo on 2012-02-01 An anti-abortion ad was slated to air on local stations during the Super Bowl advertising extravaganza, but efforts by attorney Gloria Allred turned the tide for at least one of those stations. The famed women's rights ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets Views: Iraq, Afghanistan vets may be entitled to disability benefits
Park Rapids EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

... of Defense's Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will work together to notify 77000 post-9/11 veterans that they are potentially eligible to receive increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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A Need for Tort Reform for Personal Injury Lawsuits is a Myth Pushed by the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 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 ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Jackson Walker Elects 11 New Partners (press release)February 10, 2012

Ms. Karam is a recognized authority in the field of health care/managed care law and was appointed by the Texas Attorney General to serve a term as Special Outside Counsel to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas for consultation in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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From the Experts: Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I
Corporate CounselFebruary 8, 2012

Instead, their lucrative penalty schemes encourage lawsuits over hyper-technical statutory violations and promote “creative” interpretations of otherwise well-intentioned laws. See, eg, In re Nissan Odometer Litigation (2009). Companies faced with such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Health Net Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 GAAP Net Income of $60.2 Million, or ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

The pretax margin in 2011 for the combined Western Region and Government Contracts segments increased to 3.8 percent, a 60 basis point improvement year-over-year. Our commercial strategy resulted in continued enrollment growth in tailored network ...more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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John D. Barnett Is the Attorney for the Damned
OC WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

That's not my guess, but rather the confident prediction of John D. Barnett, the veteran criminal-defense attorney for Manuel Ramos, who is facing a second-degree murder charge. While it's commonplace for defense lawyers to belittle prosecutors and ...more »

5 tax tips for small biz
El Paso Inc.February 6, 2012

The IRS knows that small businesses often overstate automobile expenses, so during an audit the IRS often looks for mileage logs to substantiate the business use of personal autos. If you don't keep a log of your use of your car for business reasons, ...more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Parham Focuses Practice On Estate Law Complexities
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Dries Estate law has become so complex that what an attorney calls his or her practice in the field has to have a certain precision. Attorney Michael R. Parham knew what he meant when he called his practice Parham Estate Planning.more »

Environmental Law
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Georgia Power balks at Senate solar power proposal
Online AthensFebruary 19, 2012

Senate Bill 401 would let outside companies install, own and maintain alternative energy systems like solar. Supporters including lawmakers, businesses and environmental groups say the legislation encourages renewable energy expansion in the state, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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Facebook page lets citizens offer support, sympathy for family of slain policeman (blog)February 4, 2012

But it has received comments from people as far away as England and Canada, thanking Green for his sacrifice and offering condolences to his family. Here are a few of hundreds of comments: Keith Phillips: Today is a sad day for all of us in Law...more »

Workers Compensation
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New Brandon office for Worker's Compensation Board
Brandon SunFebruary 13, 2012

Premier Greg Selinger was in town today to snip the ribbon on the brand-new Worker's Compensation Board office in Brandon. The office will service workers and employers located in Brandon and surrounding areas. In the past, people have had to travel to ...more »


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