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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 »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Centegra, Mercy appeal hospital rejections from state board
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Centegra and Mercy each have requested an administrative hearing on the denials Illinois Health Facilities Planning Review Board issued on their plans in December. Centegra's preliminary hearing will be Feb. 23, while Mercy's is scheduled for March 14.more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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HCHS improves its grade
Jasper NewsFebruary 6, 2012

HCHS Principal Wanda Law and her staff were ecstatic after receiving the news from Superintendent Martha Butler that they had been upgraded to a C for the 2010-11 school year. Law and her staff immediately went room to room, dancing through the halls ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Immigration law will cost Alabama billions
SunHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A study by a long-standing economic research center at the University of Alabama says Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Photo Release -- Global and Local Expansion of Operations Announced by K2 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

The company has also acquired land rights in Suzhou Industrial Park, one of China's best high technology development zones, and held ground breaking for the first phase of K2 Energy's manufacturing expansion. K2 Energy is working with state and local ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ask the Expert: Dispute resolution
Insider MediaFebruary 2, 2012

By David Turner, Foot Anstey David Turner, partner and head of dispute resolution at Foot Anstey LLP, explores a question lawyers are regularly asked. Q. I have a good claim against x; will I win the case at court? As a dispute resolution lawyer this ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues former County Bank officials for mismanagement leading to $42M loss
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corp. of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the suit, filed Jan.more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life in Hong Kong
AsiaOneFebruary 1, 2012

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, authorities are virtually powerless to prevent animals from living in poor conditions even when they are in danger or distress. They can act only when those conditions have actually taken a toll on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Network-1 Increases its Share Repurchase Program
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, development, licensing and protection of its intellectual property and proprietary technologies. It currently owns six patents covering various telecommunications and data networking ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012 provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disabled whites to be excluded from BBBEE - Solidarity
PoliticswebFebruary 7, 2012

White people with disabilities will be completely kicked out of affirmative action processes, trade union Solidarity said today. According to Solidarity, the latest proposed amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act) will ...more »

Travolta donates jet to Museum of Aviation
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 2, 2012

By WAYNE CRENSHAW - Film actor John Travolta, a pilot and avid aviation enthusiast, is donating his Gulfstream II executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located at the museum, said Chrissy Miner, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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London Landlords Facing Rents of Zero Turn Offices Into Condos
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

Finance Jobs Lost Employment in the Square Mile dropped 8.5 percent last year and it will remain below 1998 levels until 2014, according to the Centre for Economics & Business Research Ltd. The cutbacks and the amount of aging space give City tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting Appellee. ATTSGOOD REALTY COMPANY; STEWART D. SACHS, as trustee of the assets of Dreck, Incorporated, Defendants. COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting ...more »

Business Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tim Barnes and Joe Pitts tout Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses in ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “The Governor's support of this bill shows ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
PhysOrg.comFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ... (press release)February 1, 2012

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Here's a state law that needs no fixing
Concord MonitorFebruary 2, 2012

By Joan Flood Ashwell and Sally Davis / For the Monitor House Bill 1354, currently before the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee, seeks to change the definition of who lives or doesn't live in New Hampshire for citizens who want to register to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MGIS Underwriting Managers Inc. Appoints Molly L. Farrell as Vice President of ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Farrell brings decades of industry experience and expertise to this new role that will be key in further accelerating the company's growth in the medical-professional liability insurance segment nationwide. "With more than 25 years of executive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Lawmakers Working to Protect Millions of American Jobs
WDTVFebruary 2, 2012

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on board to protect 4 million American jobs. Introduced last month, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act wants a ban on taxpayer subsidies to companies that choose to take American jobs overseas ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Timeshare Bill Proposed to Reduce Fraud
Housing PredictorFebruary 1, 2012

By Kevin Chiu A state bill proposed to reduce fraud in Timeshare resales has made it through the Florida state senate and could be the first law enacted in the US intended to eliminate one of the oldest lies in real estate.more »

Labour of love
Malaysia StarFebruary 4, 2012

Sinnadurai has written extensively on Malaysian law, publishing many books that have since become authoritative sources of reference for legal practitioners as well as law students. His book on Law of Contract, the fourth edition of which was also ...more »

Sports Law
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Neb. bill would make youth sports fees tax exempt
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The measure comes in response to a state tax commissioner ruling late last year that said the sales tax law applies to recreational activities for youngsters. Cornett said youth sports events for those 18 and under should be exempt from the tax.more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor taken aback by Griem comments in Bashara murder case
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

By Mitch Hotts Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for a fight with Oakland County ...more »

Cracking the tax code: local tax preparers offer advice on how, when to file
Metrowny.comFebruary 16, 2012

Although there are several local options for tax filing assistance, the Internal Revenue Service reported that it is possible to file through one of three avenues: through a certified tax preparer, self-preparation software or the IRS Free File.more »

Older Aussies Cope with Age Discrimination
TopNews United StatesFebruary 1, 2012

A report has revealed recently that older people in Australia are becoming victims of age discrimination. It has been found that more number of older people is employed to work at the time of crisis when there is shortage of labour.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Good news for LPA receivers, lenders and purchasers from LPA receivers
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

When a lender appoints a Law of Property Act (LPA) receiver, employees who are associated with any asset being sold can claim their rights are protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”).more »

Environmental Law
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In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension
Texas TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

The credit has helped spur substantial development in rural Texas, especially around Sweetwater and, more recently, along the Gulf coast. But even as the industry's efforts to extend the credit intensify in Washington, analysts say that Texas' ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Panel for equal property rights among couples
Economic TimesFebruary 6, 2012

NEW DELHI: A high-level government panel has suggested that all movable and immovable assets acquired by a married couple or a couple living together be classified as joint property which would be divided equitably in the event of separation or ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lisa Amoriello (Claimant) appeals from an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting the modification/suspension petition of Giant Foods (Employer) because Claimant ...more »


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