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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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Administrative Law
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Council Likely to Approve Election to Reinstate Traffic Cameras in Springfield, MO
OzarksFirst.comFebruary 13, 2012

But in 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Springfield's ordinance is unconstititional, based on how the hearing on the ticket is conducted. Instead of being held in municipal or state court, an administrative hearing procedure was set up.more »

Health Care Law
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Rising costs, health care reform law create more interest in self-funding
Crain's Cleveland BusinessFebruary 24, 2012

Even though middle-market self-funding lost some ground in 2011, dropping to 50% of midsize employer plans, it is expected to regain its upward momentum as the economy picks up, and in response to the federal health care reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Cops: Therrell student with gun arrested
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 17, 2012

The student was one of three youths arrested in an incident at DM Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy in southwest Atlanta, police said. After they were arrested, one of them said he needed to use the restroom, Jones said.more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona: Romney's model for immigration policy
The Hill (blog)February 29, 2012

To appeal to the most extreme elements of his party, last week he called Arizona's harsh immigration law, “a model for America.” Arizona's anti-immigrant law is definitely a model. It's just not a model for immigration policy.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Underground Atlanta developer bets on another gambling plan
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

The Georgia Lottery board of directors, appointed by the governor, can legally approve video gaming in the state without the Legislature, O'Leary said. The lottery board declined to act three years ago but then-Attorney General Thurbert Baker gave an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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International Finance Corporation mediation project to work across the Middle ...
SourceWire (press release)February 9, 2012

The aims of the project are to develop and deliver mediation training, to coach teams of high quality mediator trainers, to build the institutional capacity of local Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centres, and to provide a series of regional ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Priests for Life says it will sue the Obama Administration
God DiscussionFebruary 9, 2012

It is demanding injunctive relief from impending regulations that would require the organization to pay for employee health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. The Obama Administration's rules – recently ...more »

Animal Law
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Poll says ND voters want stiffer animal cruelty laws
Grand Forks HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

He said the issue was complicated when Legislative Council staff, seeking to modernize “archaic” language in the law, took his proposed bill from four pages to 16. That unnerved some agricultural interests, who “feared that loopholes in our laws could ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Xi says frictions shouldn't define US-China ties -paper
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

* China and US "highly inter-dependent", Xi says * Leader-in-waiting Xi scheduled to visit United States this week * China criticised over yuan, intellectual property rights Feb 13 (Reuters) - The United States should not let friction over economic and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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CONSOL Energy Idles Longwall Mining at Blacksville No. 2 Mine
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

... the impacts of various asbestos litigation claims; increased exposure to employee related long-term liabilities; our accruals for obligations for long-term employee benefits are based upon assumptions which, if inaccurate, could result in our being ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Case Reignites Race Debate
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 24, 2012

By Shannon Frazer By Shannon Frazer | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 7 hrs ago This story comes from the Yahoo! Contributor Network, where individuals publish their unique perspectives on some of the world's most popular websites.more »

Charlotte Douglas International Airport joins Federal Aviation...
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will join the Federal Aviation Administration 's Metroplex initiative that seeks to make air-traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance and cut emissions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Police Log: Landlord, tenant argue over dog ownership
Tracy PressFebruary 21, 2012

18, on the 3800 block of Kelly Mist Lane after a caller reported he was in the process of moving out and his landlord stole his 12-year-old pug at 12:08 pm The landlord told the police the dog went with the house when it was rented.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How To Overcome Bad Credit
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 15, 2012

When your credit score is low, it is often difficult to obtain a loan from a financial institution. Credit scores are one of the first criteria banks use when assessing whether a borrower represents an acceptable risk. Some institutions never look past ...more »

Litigation
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BALTAZAR v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

Ada E. Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, US Department of Justice, Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, and William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, ...more »

Business Law
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Sidley Austin LLP Expands Project Finance Practice in Washington DC with the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley Austin LLP One South Dearborn ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Third Rail on Military Pay and Benefits?
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 13, 2012

By Julian E. Barnes and Nathan Hodge One item in the Obama administration's fiscal 2013 defense-spending request could hit a third rail with military voters: changes to military pay and benefits. Over the past decade, Congress approved large pay ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cops grab Marin porno suspects in sweep
Marinscope Community NewspapersFebruary 29, 2012

By Joe Wolfcale Marin County law enforcement detectives assisted a South Bay Internet task force Feb. 23 in the arrest of five Marin men on suspicion of downloading child pornography. The joint operation, initiated by the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Unraveling the Myth of "Defensive Medicine"
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 25, 2012

For years, Republican politicians, physicians, personal injury defense attorneys, and other parties with a vested interest in tort reform have been lobbying for government intervention in the courtroom so as to curb "frivolous lawsuits" and for caps on ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gallup poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 29, 2012

Even among Americans who support President Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the US Constitution, a Gallup poll released Monday revealed. The poll, conducted Feb. 20-21, indicates that 72 percent of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business Milestones
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 19, 2012

Rayford K. "Trip" Adams III recently joined the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC at its Winston-Salem office. Adams will lead the firm's bankruptcy/creditors' rights practice in North Carolina. His primary areas of practice are bankruptcy, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Retail competition 'leads to new risk in industry'
BusinessLIVEFebruary 28, 2012

But while selling personal finance products represents a new retail opportunity in a tight market, the practice needs to comply with the legislation set down by the Financial Advisory Services Act (FAIS), which strives to protect consumers of financial ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Quit law school, join a band: The return of the Jealous Sound
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 27, 2012

An environmental lawyer friend convinced him to give the law a try. But faced with the actual prospect of a stable, professional-class life without playing music for a living, Shehan beat the late-thirtysomething odds and moved back to LA to start his ...more »

People: Week of Feb. 6, 2012
North Bay Business JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Mr. Wilburn begins his commercial real estate career in Keegan & Coppin's Larkspur office, specializing in industrial, office and retail investments and leasing. A recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, he majored in communications ...more »

Sports Law
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WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |Gingrich slams Santorum ...
WKRNFebruary 28, 2012

Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate.more »

Criminal Defense
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Sandusky seeks 2-month delay in child sex-abuse trial, to mid-July, citing ...
Washington PostFebruary 28, 2012

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial until mid-July, saying he needed more time to prepare. Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said the additional two months would help him ...more »

BBB tips on finding a tax preparer
DL-OnlineFebruary 22, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

University of Iowa prevails in age-discrimination lawsuit
Law.comFebruary 28, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Law did not discriminate against a candidate for a faculty position on the basis of his age, an Iowa jury found on Feb. 24. Donald Dobkin sued the law school after he failed to secure an interview for a teaching ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Debt-Resolution Attorney Leslie H. Tayne Discusses Consumer Rights ...
Danbury News TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The FTC's recent $2.5 million settlement with Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the nation's largest debt collection companies, required Asset Acceptance to pay a civil penalty for deceiving consumers by trying to collect old debts.more »

Environmental Law
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US House's Frank calls on CFTC to impose position limits now
PlattsFebruary 29, 2012

Position limits were a mandate of the Dodd-Frank Act. Frank said there was "no other explanation" for the rise except speculation driving up energy prices, and said he wants position limits imposed immediately, even though he conceded that such limits ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...more »

Family Law
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Family law: pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
Fitzrovia NewsFebruary 26, 2012

The English Legal System traditionally refused to uphold pre-nuptial agreements, however, in 2010 the landmark Supreme Court divorce case between Ms Radmacher and Mr Granatino established that a properly drafted agreement ought to have a decisive ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured Oklahoma Police Get $1.9M Compensation
Officer.comFebruary 13, 2012

It should be no surprise that police accounted for the largest share of the 251 workers compensation cases reviewed by the Tulsa World, or for the largest share of disability awards -- almost $1.9 million. Feb. 12-- It should be no surprise that police ...more »

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