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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 »

Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing to be scheduled in Helfrich case
Yorkdispatch.comFebruary 29, 2012

Helfrich, who did not attend the Wednesday meeting, said his attorneys told him the hearing would be public. Linebaugh could have made his ruling based on the legal briefs submitted by both sides, he said. "Now this opens it up to bring in potential ...more »

Health Care Law
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Birth-control flap shows the need to abort employer-based healthcare
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 14, 2012

Even with the changes envisioned by Obama's healthcare reform law — assuming they pass judicial muster — as many as 20 million people will still lack coverage. Moreover, the employer-based system will keep adding unnecessary complications to medical ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Volunteers help fashion show run smoothly
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 27, 2012

Symphony President David Gross, Dr. Art Rubin of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Scott Collias of Elk River Chiropractic, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, Scott Kaminski of the Balgo & Kaminski law firm, Kim Javins, who will be one ...more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
KTAR.comFebruary 29, 2012

By JACQUES BILLEAUD AP PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Govt mulls law revision for Elpida / Aims to allow more time for tie-up ...
The Daily YomiuriFebruary 24, 2012

If the tie-up negotiations see a certain degree of progress and the period of the law's application is extended, Elpida's major creditor banks will likely agree to offer it financial assistance. Micron Technology executives visited Japan earlier this ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Province to introduce legislation to end dispute with teachers
Kootenay News AdvertiserFebruary 26, 2012

BCTF president Susan Lambert said her earlier call for mediation in the dispute is an unusual step for any union. “Teachers are looking for fair alternatives, such as mediation or even arbitration, to help the parties find a resolution to this dispute...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 23, 2012

USA argues that it did not control the litigation against Services as required for the granting of National's motion, and that the motion should have been denied because it was brought with unclean hands. We agree with USA on the control issue, ...more »

Animal Law
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Hanna wants wild animal law passed properly
Wooster Daily RecordFebruary 10, 2012

While supportive of the ban, Kasich and other officials said the state did not have authority to enforce it or animal registration requirements without changes to state law. Kasich then directed a statewide working group to study the issue.more »

Intellectual Property
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Avedro Options Rights to Intellectual Property
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Avedro, Inc. announced today that the Company has entered into an exclusive Option Agreement with the Cleveland Clinic for the right to negotiate a license for 3 specific Intellectual Property (IP) assets ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Thomas C. Horne, Arizona Attorney General, Phoenix, By Kent E. Cattani, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Division, Attorneys for Appellee. THIS DECISION DOES NOT CREATE LEGAL PRECEDENT AND MAY NOT BE CITED EXCEPT AS AUTHORIZED BY ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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"Blacks for Obama" Racially Segregates Voters - Affirmative Action in Supreme ...
Texas GOP VoteFebruary 28, 2012

By David Bellow During Black History Month, Obama released a new video announcing the launch of BLACKS FOR OBAMA. (See video below.) This is an attempt to segregate voters based on RACE instead of voters joining together in groups based on VALUES.more »

Air show to 'Celebrate the Heritage' of aviation
Havelock NewsFebruary 9, 2012

By Drew C. Wilson Paul Ringheiser knows something about the history of Marine Corps aviation. After all, his grandfather was a nosegunner in a PBJ bomber squadron at Cherry Point during World War II. The Vanceboro resident who works as a firefighter ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 11, 2012

I believe that the landlord/tenant laws for residential leases are pro-tenant. If the landlord's “ducks” are all in a row, then the landlord can get the eviction. If a duck falls out of line, then the landlord may have to start over.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Let history be our guide
Hornell Evening TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

By Norah Flanagan Our forefathers who wrote our Constitution were smart men, they understood human nature and they knew their history. They knew that for centuries merry old Europe had been plagued, tormented and even held hostage by the church, ...more »

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The Law Firms of Harwood Feffer LLP and Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Class Counsel Harwood Feffer LLP and Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec and KV Pharmaceutical Company announce that a settlement has been preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the ...more »

Business Law
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Concord Law School Celebrates Graduation of 106 Students
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation's leading fully-online law school, will celebrate the graduation of 106 students on Saturday, March 3, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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W.Va. administration secretary Ferguson resigns
Coshocton TribuneFebruary 23, 2012

A holdover from the previous administration, Ferguson cited recent press coverage that scrutinized his advocacy for state employees who sought credits for their military service toward their retirement benefits. The retired Marine officer frequently ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Colorado woman must turn over computer password
CNBC.comFebruary 21, 2012

DENVER - Sophisticated encryption software has become so readily available and so effective, it's surpassed the federal government's ability to seize computers and gather evidence in criminal cases. That development has raised questions in a mortgage ...more »

Personal Injury
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Corboy & Demetrio Lawyer Named Board President of Center for Disability ...
TopWireNews (press release)February 21, 2012

/ Matthew T. Jenkins, a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Corboy & Demetrio, has become the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Disability & Elder Law. Corboy & Demetrio attorney Matthew T. Jenkins has become ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Not Since Law School
The League of Ordinary GentlemenFebruary 27, 2012

His interests include politics and public policy, Constitutional law with a focus on the separation of church and state, cooking, good wine, and bad science fiction movies. He blogs pseudonymously to maintain a tissue of fiction in the event that he is ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

The claim was subsequently transferred to defendant, a law firm in the Village of Round Lake, Saratoga County, and plaintiff was again retained. The parties initially proceeded upon an oral agreement. In February 2006, plaintiff submitted a written ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mitt Romney is the Latest Target of Political Text Message Spam
Sacramento BeeFebruary 27, 2012

The firm launched, in early February, to raise awareness of this growing issue and to push the FCC to take a stance against this practice by closing any loopholes in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).more »

Real Estate Law
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Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

A client of Staff Financial Group is currently seeking to hire a Commercial Real Estate Attorney. The law firm is based in Lawrenceville. The incumbent will have 4 to 7 years of previous experience. Qualified candidates must be familiar with banking ...more »

IPhone's Crutch of Subsidies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

But its performance in parts of southern Europe where most consumers don't sign contracts and have to pay full freight for phones suggests Apple's position could suffer if carriers tire of underwriting most of the cost of the devices, as some are in ...more »

Sports Law
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Virginia repeals law on 1 handgun buy per month
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By LARRY ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Are state and feds tying police grant money to DUI arrest quotas?
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 10, 2012

The Governors Highway Safety Association also said the grant language should be changed, but not for fear of a legal challenge. Executive Director Barbara Harsha said the public simply might not like it if officers are told how often to make an arrest, ...more »

City debates liquor cases
Moulton AdvertiserFebruary 9, 2012

Theodorou asked the council to consider doing an audit following the procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. He said if the council used the IRS method, his sales would conform to the 40/60 ratio set out in the ordinance. "If there isn't a change, ...more »

Computer job applications act as a form of age discrimination
The TennesseanFebruary 23, 2012

Discrimination is rampant in many areas of our lives. Our legislature seems to add another discriminatory rule daily. I've run into episodes of unfair practice. It seems that all the big-box stores (Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc.) ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Assured Guaranty's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaFebruary 29, 2012

Such short-term thinking is a breach of trust with creditors and ultimately will hurt local communities to higher expenses and limited access to debt markets. We also believe that by defending investors rights and challenging abuses of the bankruptcy ...more »

Environmental Law
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After Power Switch, China Market Will Light Up
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

The real target of the five-year plan is soft infrastructure—better welfare systems, better education, better security, alternative energy—much harder to execute than building another power station or airport. In the past two decades, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

This is a negligence action founded in legal malpractice. The plaintiffs, Appellants herein, alleged that the defendant lawyers were negligent in failing to properly implement an estate plan for an estate of which Appellants were beneficiaries.more »

Family Law
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Human Rights Victims Seek Remedy At High Court
NPRFebruary 28, 2012

Human rights are front and center at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday in two cases testing how American law intersects with international law. At issue in both cases is whether foreign nationals in the United States can sue corporations or other ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Lawmakers put changes to workers' comp on ice, mostly
Inside Tucson BusinessFebruary 24, 2012

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 1:39 pm, Thu Feb 23, 2012. by Hank Dean PHOENIX — State lawmakers are tinkering with the way workers' compensation operates, but some of the more drastic proposed changes to the system have been put ...more »


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