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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 »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Restaurant cashier wanted on arrest warrant recognized by cops, and more
TribLocalFebruary 1, 2012

He is scheduled to appear at a Feb. 14 administrative hearing. Police also seized two BB pistols, pending the hearing's outcome. A 52-year-old Manteno man staying in Orland Park was charged with disorderly conduct around 10:45 pm Jan.more »

Health Care Law
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CANTWELL's CORNER/Eyes on Massachusetts health care payment reform
Wicked LocalFebruary 25, 2012

Recognizing the desperate need for health care finance reform, Gov. Deval Patrick introduced a bill in 2011 designed to curb these rising costs. This legislation is under revision and may be advanced for action as early as March of this year.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones: A Victory for Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence
JURISTFebruary 7, 2012

In Jones, a case involving warrantless GPS monitoring of a vehicle, the Court surprisingly revived pre-Katz jurisprudence by using a common-law trespass approach. The Court held that the government's physical intrusion on an "effect" for the purpose of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Opponents of immigration law oppose merging suits
NECNFebruary 29, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of opponents of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law have asked a judge to deny Gov. Jan Brewer's request to consolidate two of the three remaining lawsuit seeking to overturn the law. Lawyers representing Friendly ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Human rights activists seek repeal of ecozone law
DigitalJournal.comFebruary 27, 2012

They further claimed that local government units of covered barangays were never informed, consulted, and considered before the law was approved. Noting their complaints, Pabillo said “We believe that true and sustainable development must benefit ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Cities, county undergoing service delivery mediation
NorthFulton.comFebruary 28, 2012

The cities and the county are now undergoing mediation with former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher. After each census, cities and counties are required to enter into a service delivery agreement. If no such agreement is reached, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NewPage retiree lawsuit continues
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

Retired union workers of Wisconsin Rapids' largest employer do not need to take action before the end of this week to stay involved in a class-action lawsuit against the company. In a recent legal notice to retirees involved in the lawsuit, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights group says drone shot down
The Tand D.comFebruary 14, 2012

Animal rights group SHARK said a remote-controlled aircraft like this one was shot down near Ehrhardt. It planned to use the drone to video live pigeon shoots at the privately owned Broxton Bridge Plantation. A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dolby Sues ArcSoft for Breach of Its License Agreements
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 15, 2012

“We have tried every possible alternative to resolve our issues outside of the court system, but Dolby is unfortunately left with no choice but to protect its contractual and intellectual property rights.” The lawsuit alleges that ArcSoft breached its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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'Minute' Amount of Asbestos Found at Chiddix Junior High
CIproud.comFebruary 29, 2012

But on Tuesday, McLean County's Unit Five School District confirmed asbestos has been found in Chiddix Junior High. Leaders stressed during a news conference the level of asbestos was "minute," and posed no risk to anyone at the school.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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“Pass Affirmatiive Action Bill”- Council of State Member
Vibe GhanaFebruary 11, 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 »

Former Hong Kong Civil Aviation Chief Convicted Of Insider Trading
Fox BusinessFebruary 27, 2012

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong judge on Monday convicted former civil aviation chief Albert Lam Kwong-yu of insider trading involving a Hong Kong-listed aircraft maintenance company, and handed down a five-month suspended jail sentence as well as a HK$50000 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Julian Knight: Those born after 1979 could be stuck being a lifelong renter ...
The IndependentFebruary 26, 2012

A pretty miserable one, if you look at the activities of some landlords. Put simply, since 1979 – that date again – tenants have been at a major disadvantage. There is no rent control and tenants can be turfed out at short notice.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Jewish Indiana Jones' faces jail for $1m fraud after lying about daring trips ...
Daily MailFebruary 3, 2012

... and over $200000 (£126000) on his credit cards and against his home to acquire and repair 15 Torah that were facing rapid deterioration or destruction, including 10 from an unspecified Russian general and five from a monastery in Kiev, Ukraine.more »

Litigation
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Litigation in connection with the Hicks stabbing
KXO RadioFebruary 29, 2012

... drunk and only wanted to care for her wounded husband. The lawsuit names an Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy, Imperial County, an El Centro Police officer and the City of El Centro. Those named and their attorneys will not comment on active litigation.more »

Business Law
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Insurance consultant warns about impact of health care reform
GoDanRiver.comFebruary 29, 2012

Businesses also dislike many provisions of the law, she said, especially those that create uncertainty. Those provisions include penalties for employers that don't offer coverage for their workers in 2014, tax increases and presumed savings that are ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.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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Chardon High School Shooting: Lawsuits Likely
ReutersFebruary 27, 2012

Related Resources: Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured (ABC News) Chardon High School student identifies shooter in spree that killed 1 (The Plain Dealer) Browse Personal Injury Lawyers by Location (FindLaw) Virginia Tech Lawsuit ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egypt to select constitutional panel March 3
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 26, 2012

The current constitution says that the state religion is Islam and the principle of Islamic Sharia law is the main source of legislation. However, some ultraconservative Muslims have called for the article to be changed to read that Islamic law is the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 29, 2012

Doctor's license suspended • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has suspended the medical license of Dr. Abid Nisar, 60, who pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to a federal misdemeanor charge of introducing misbranded prescription ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Overbooking: your legal rights
Independent OnlineFebruary 14, 2012

What are the rights and obligations that consumers and suppliers hold with respect to overbookings and cancellation of bookings? The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) has come to the rescue of consumers who are unfortunate enough to be on the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Greenberg Traurig Elevates Joseph B. Cicero to Shareholder, Brian L. Colborn ...
PR Web (press release)February 26, 2012

Reflecting the firm's diversified platform and wide-ranging legal experience, the new 2012 class represents 22 different locations and key areas of practice, including business reorganization & financial restructuring, corporate and securities, ...more »

Does The Cloud Keep Pace With Moore's Law?
InformationWeekFebruary 27, 2012

But that's not the usual case, so understanding the cost benefit of IaaS is a tricky business. There have been many discussions lately of calculations that assess the incremental cost of using a system versus the cost of it just sitting idle in your ...more »

Sports Law
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News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports | Appeals ...
news9.com KWTVFebruary 24, 2012

(Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a novel and controversial California law that allowed descendants of 1.5 million Armenians who perished in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson Announces Inaugural ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 23, 2012

He has represented individuals and companies across the country in business crime investigations and prosecutions. Earlier, Handzlik served as a federal fraud prosecutor in Los Angeles and was one of the first independent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ...more »

IRS Threatens to Shut Down Medical Cannabis
PR Web (press release)February 23, 2012

Twelve medical cannabis states form a national alliance, 280E Reform, to challenge US IRS Tax Code 280E. The 280E Reform effort plans to bring an end to the current IRS campaign to close medical cannabis dispensaries. We are going to challenge this tax ...more »

Rowan Atkinson: Miriam O'Reilly BBC ageism row an attack on 'free expression'
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 22, 2012

The BBC should have been allowed to sack Miriam O'Reilly from Countryfile without fear of sparking an age discrimination row, according to Rowan Atkinson, the actor. By Andrew Hough The Blackadder and Mr Bean star, 57, said O'Reilly's successful age ...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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Valero Energy Corporation Board of Directors Elects New Member
ReutersFebruary 24, 2012

... Pfeiffer assisted employers in traditional management-union matters, complex civil rights, employment discrimination cases, affirmative action compliance, employment torts, alternative dispute resolution, employment contracts and ERISA litigation.more »

Wills & Probate
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CHARD: Chance to learn more about your family history
View OnlineFebruary 10, 2012

The course will get people started, giving them the skills to trace their family back to the mid 1800s. The next course is pre 1837 records on Fridays April 27th and May 4th, and will be looking at parish records, poor law, wills and probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Group Tackles Oklahoma's Foster Family Shortage
KTUL (blog)February 29, 2012

TU Law's Family Law Society is hosting a one-night event designed to remove all of the legwork and research needed to become a foster family. It's a one-stop shop with DHS foster family recruiters and multiple training organizations on hand.more »

Workers Compensation
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CITY OF PITTSBURGH v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

City of Pittsburgh and UPMC Benefit Management Services, Inc. (together, Employer), petition for review of the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the decision and order of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ).more »

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