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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Public Meeting on Proposed Stormwater Utility Fee Set for Tonight
Patch.comFebruary 13, 2012

By Ashlee Kieler The Johnston Community School District meets at 6 tonight at the Administrative Resource Center. The regular meeting includes a public hearing on the 2012-13 school year calendar. Find a preview of the meeting here.more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law's Insurance Mandate Will Be Struck Down at Supreme Court: Poll
International Business TimesFebruary 29, 2012

For other types of senior housing, you can access Seniors for Living's list of thousands of additional facilities. A USA Today/Gallup poll this week said 72 percent of Americans believe the individual mandate, the centerpiece to the Affordable Care Act...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones: Romney Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?
FITSNewsFebruary 13, 2012

In order to accomplish his objective of staying out of jail, he must act like something he's not – a clinically insane patient. The movie ends tragically when the head nurse, Nurse Ratched, lobotomizes McMurphy, and one of his fellow patients ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Tough laws don't make illegal immigrants 'self-deport'
Ahwatukee Foothills NewsFebruary 29, 2012

“It doesn't benefit anyone for Hispanics to not call the police . . . the fact is those crimes are going to spread.” Kobach agreed with at least part of the report, that illegal immigrants do sometimes relocate to states with lesser immigration laws, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. : Nabors Expands Its Board, Appointing Jim Crane and ...
4-tradersFebruary 27, 2012

Mr. Linn holds a BA in Political Science from Villanova University and JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. John Yearwood, Lead Director, commented, "Jim and Mike are accomplished businessmen and respected leaders in both industry and the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dean Valentine and Mark Grotjahn settle on resale royalties
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 8, 2012

After more than a year of court filings and hearings and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, artist Mark Grotjahn and Dean Valentine, one of his earliest collectors, have settled a high-profile dispute over the payment of the resale royalty ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Suit wants "morning-after pill" available to girls
ReutersFebruary 8, 2012

The group asked to add Sebelius as a defendant to an existing federal lawsuit that has been dormant for six years and was reawakened by Sebelius's unprecedented move two months ago to restrict the availability of Plan B emergency contraceptives for ...more »

Animal Law
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From senators to animals: Lawmaker who fell from grace now working as a vet
CNNFebruary 21, 2012

But the embroidered name on his crisp white medical coat bears a familiar name: Dr. John Ensign. He's better known as former Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who abruptly announced his resignation 10 months ago amid a high-profile sex scandal.more »

Intellectual Property
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RivieraWaves Adds 802.11n and 802.11ac Silicon IP to Portfolio, Attends Mobile ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN, Feb 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Mobile World Congress -- RivieraWaves announced the expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio with IP families for Wi-Fi(TM) 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Shrader & Associates Attorneys Acknowledge Prison Sentence Awarded To Two ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

Shrader & Associates, LLP said the verdict last week to imprison asbestos-industry executives was a historic victory that will invigorate the effort to protect people suffering from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Local women honored by their city
EastBayRI.comFebruary 14, 2012

This group – along with two others who could not be in attendance for the city council meeting – will be honored once again when the East Providence Affirmative Action Office hosts a 2012 Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 29.more »

China Aviation Oil Seeks to Buy March, April Jet-Fuel Cargoes
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

China Aviation Oil Singapore Corp. (CAO) is seeking to buy as much as 1.2 million barrels of jet fuel for loading in March and April, according to tender information sent to potential sellers. The company is the largest jet-fuel supplier in China.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Political notebook: Veterans' hiring preference restored
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 29, 2012

Campfield's bill to revise state law on dealings between landlords and tenants fell two votes short of Senate passage after Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle characterized the proposal as a "dangerous proposition." The Knoxville Republican's bill (SB ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Polish lenders tightening credit on economic
ReutersFebruary 15, 2012

Some economists fear that a move by lenders to tighten the credit spigot could slow down the vibrant economy, where the financial sector has been relatively healthy and has seen a steady fall in bad loans in recent months. In a regular survey conducted ...more »

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Voice of Texas Voters Fades With Long Redistricting Litigation
Neon TommyFebruary 27, 2012

"There's been a lot of dismay about the whole process mainly because, while we've had a lot of redistricting litigation in Texas for forty years, this is the first time that it has effected everything because of the whole primary delay," said Li.more »

Business Law
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King's Take On Political Files Goes Astray
TV News CheckFebruary 29, 2012

Washington communications attorney Jack Goodman: In her commentary arguing for broadcasters to put their political advertising files online, UNC J-School Dean and former broadcaster Susan King takes several wrong turns. For one thing, it's never been ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Be suspicious if you hear 'hollow force'
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 11, 2012

“It also is unlikely, even in the case of drastically reduced military funding and a smaller military, (that) recruit quality would decline, pay and benefits would be drastically cut or US public support for the military would significantly decline,” ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Canton man faces six felonies after making contact with teens
Shelby Township Source NewspapersFebruary 28, 2012

Taylor faces six felony charges including distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal matter; three counts of using a computer to commit a crime; accosting for immoral purposes and extortion. Sheriff Tony Wickersham said the investigation began in ...more »

Personal Injury
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A Law Firm That Looks Out for the 99%
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The best personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles are those rare kind of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to expose the fallaciousness of an insurance company's argument. Consider a case handled by the Law Offices ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Those defending US Constitution from sharia must have failed high school civics
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 29, 2012

These op-ed contributors warn that anti-sharia hysteria fosters unfounded fear of Muslims in the US, misunderstands Islamic law, and ignores American ideals of religious freedom. There are those who would have you believe that Islamic law, or sharia, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When You Can't Stop It, Nibble Away At It
Lez Get RealFebruary 28, 2012

The more a health care professional does, the more they get paid. Additionally, there is so much fear of malpractice claims that health care providers overdo themselves to make sure they don't make a mistake. So, there is a culture of over-ordering ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Kraft, Starbucks Class Action False Advertising Lawsuit Concerning Tassimo ...
PR Web (press release)February 23, 2012

A False Advertising Lawsuit was recently filed against Kraft Foods and Starbucks for allegedly misleading consumers about the “Tassimo” Coffee Brewing System and violating other consumer protection laws. Kraft knew Starbucks brewing cups would become ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lavish Partner Pensions May Strain Firm Finances, Divide Generations, The ...
SunHerald.comFebruary 29, 2012

NEW YORK -- An investigation of large law firms' partner pension plans by ALM's The American Lawyer finds trouble ahead as generous benefit commitments stress firm finances and set the stage for generational conflicts. The study reported in the March ...more »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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Your Sports Calendar
GoErie.comFebruary 27, 2012

Practices will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm at either McComb Fieldhouse or Edinboro University's Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center. Rosters are limited to 11 players. To register, call Bob Amendola at (814) 835-2310 or ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pennsylvania Sen. Jane Orie knows too much about criminal justice system to ...
PennLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

The new trial on those charges and new charges that she lied during a first trial and forged some of the documents used in her defense starts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Orie, 50, of McCandless, is being retried on 10 campaign corruption ...more »

Latest Pennsylvania News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WCBDFebruary 17, 2012

(AP) In the Democratic race for state attorney general, Kathleen Kane is calling on Patrick Murphy to take the Pennsylvania bar exam. Murphy graduated from a Pennsylvania law school but took Minnesota's bar exam before becoming an Army lawyer for five ...more »

Shared password rouses firing, lawsuit against TIAA-CREF
Business Management DailyFebruary 19, 2012

The lawsuit she filed in October contends that many younger TIAA-CREF employees have shared their computer passwords without being fired. Her suit alleges violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Texas Labor Code.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Congress already passed a law that forbids the DOJ from taking the Motel ...
Hawaii News DailyFebruary 20, 2012

By Scott Alexander Meiner Congress passed the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA), in part, to stop government agencies from using civil asset forfeiture as a leaner, and meaner, eminent domain. And while many of Henry Hyde's reforms were ...more »

Environmental Law
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Gov. Kasich will propose comprehensive overhaul of Ohio's energy policies
Plain DealerFebruary 29, 2012

Changes in existing law would allow electric companies to count such projects as meeting renewable energy or advanced energy mandates set down by existing state law. The governor's aides said the administration does not intend to gut renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Franklin County commissioner to seek judge's post
Anderson Independent MailFebruary 29, 2012

Until two years ago, the probate judge in Franklin County also served as the county elections supervisor. In Georgia, county probate courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of ...more »

Family Law
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'Law And Order: SVU' Preview: Olivia's Family Experiences Some Trouble (VIDEO ...
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

When Olivia's half-brother Simon (guest star Michael Weston) is in town, you know things are going to get dramatic on "Law & Order: SVU" (Wed., Feb. 29, 10 pm EST on NBC). In "Child's Welfare," Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) calls on Bayard Ellis ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pay more, get less
Daily Business BuzzFebruary 16, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador pays more than any other province in workers' compensation premiums and that is affecting the ability of the province's employers to recruit, train and retain employees. This was the message delivered at a private workshop for ...more »


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