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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 »

Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Norridgewock town worker fired for taping conversations
Kennebec JournalFebruary 3, 2012

30 letter from the town manager says that audio recording devices are not allowed because of confidentiality violations. "Conversations can and do arise at the front counter that are confidential under state law," it reads. Curtis said Thursday she ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Food poisoning which hit 68 people 'came from Taco Bell'
Daily MailFebruary 2, 2012

A government agency had previously announced that a Mexican-style fast-food chain was behind the disease, but refused to confirm which one was the source, referring to it only as 'Restaurant Chain A'. Website Food Safety News narrowed that down and ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Discom to pay Rs 10K to woman for inflated bill :Consumer forum
Economic TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said that the "arbitrary and illegal" act of the discom of sending an inflated bill of over Rs 81000 to the complainant, Zarina Khatoon, amounts to "deficiency" of service and "illegal trade practice ...more »

'Lemon law' to protect Singapore consumers
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Proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act and Hire Purchase Act were introduced in Parliament yesterday, paving the way for the so-called “lemon law.” They set clearer guidelines for consumers seeking redress for purchases that ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Westlands Water District sues federal government over irrigation drainage
Fresno BeeFebruary 3, 2012

The lawsuit is in the claims court because the water district is seeking damages instead of trying to force the government to honor a decades-old law to provide the drainage. Westlands, the largest irrigation district in the nation, years ago won the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Province makes changes to Consumer Protection Act
Portage Daily GraphicFebruary 2, 2012

The announcement made on Thursday said the Province has made changes to the Consumer Protection Ac to protect consumers by banning upfront charges, setting maximum fees, and requiring debt-settlement agencies to become licensed. Similar laws have been ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Thieves preying on tax returns, IRS says
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Besides the IRS, the Justice Department's Tax Division, the Postal Service and local US attorney's offices were involved after investigations that lasted months and, in some cases, years. IRS officials say the use of stolen identities to fraudulently ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Credit card scammers up to old tricks
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

Notices from banks warning of credit card, debit card scams and enforcement haven't deterred the scam artists from attempting to steal your information and passwords. As investigators eliminate opportunities of scams, new avenues become available such ...more »

Unsafe Products
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John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Second Quarter EPS Increases to $0.87 from $0.48
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Despite the decline in sales volume, net sales remained constant due to price increases that were implemented over the last twelve months for virtually all of the products that the Company sells. The decrease in sales volume in the quarterly comparison ...more »

Credit Repair
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Therapy for MS prods brain to re-cloak neurons
Futurity: Research NewsFebruary 10, 2012

Caltech researchers promote repair in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis by enhancing the production of myelin-producing cells (shown in green). (Credit: Benjamin Deverman, Caltech) CALTECH (US) — A new gene therapy, applied directly to the brain, ...more »

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