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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 »

Less pay and benefits sought for new Palm Beach County schools chief
Sun-SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

A draft contract prepared by Barbieri and the board's lawyers has $225000. "It is a starting point," board Vice Chairwoman Debra Robinson said. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, who leads a larger district, signed in October for three years at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Inside a Gun Hearing in Washington, D.C.
Opposing ViewsFebruary 2, 2012

The hearing provided a perfect snapshot of the way gun politics operate in the District, with the usual cast of characters in lead roles on the pro-gun side. Everyone is familiar with the District of Columbia's tough gun laws, but the “Firearms ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care reform stalls out in previously supportive states
CivSourceFebruary 6, 2012

Federal health care reform is facing more hurdles, this time with states that agreed to move forward implementing requirements before a Supreme Court ruling on the law. Some lawmakers and health insurance advocates in Pennslyvania are pushing back on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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IU Blog: Jones III bruises shoulder, Hoosiers bruise ego on road
WDRBFebruary 2, 2012

The Hoosiers Jekyll and Hyde act continued Wednesday night at Michigan, and at this point in the conference schedule, it's pretty simple. Indiana is just a completely different team on the road. Indiana did make a run to pull within 2 early in the 2nd ...more »

Immigration Law
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Liberals Stress Romney Ties To Ariz. Law Author Kobach
Investor's Business DailyFebruary 3, 2012

But to liberals he is notorious as the brains behind Arizona's tough anti-immigration law. They are betting that his endorsement of Romney will make the presidential candidate toxic to Latino voters. "He can't walk back his fondness of Kris Kobach, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra
KERA NewsFebruary 3, 2012

But now the clean-tech industry is facing leaner times, in part because of cheaper natural gas prices, the effects of the financial crisis and China's growing solar industry. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Washington Post environmental correspondent Juliet ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Employers agree mediation is an effective way of reducing tribunal claims but ... 1, 2012

A Government funded-pilot scheme was announced last week which will help raise awareness of mediation among SMEs. Andrew Wareing, director of the Acas service responsible for resolving disputes between individuals and their employers, said: "Workplace ...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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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UC Berkeley intellectual property has started 146 companies in 20 years
San Francisco Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Intellectual property rights from the University of California, Berkeley , have been used to start 146 businesses in the last two decades. Some prolific professors have started plenty of companies -- chemist Richard Mathies, for example, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

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

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
CBS NewsFebruary 14, 2012

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the ...more »

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) Launches New Business - Rotorcraft Services ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

By Precision Aviation Group ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, announces the launch of the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tribune's Bankruptcy Legal Bill Almost $231 Million So Far
All Access Music GroupFebruary 1, 2012

s three year bankruptcy and related litigation has reached almost $231 million and counting, according to the company's DECEMBER monthly operating report filed with Bankruptcy Court, reports CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. The large figure was attributed by ...more »

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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Businesses Knock New State Law Requiring Employers To Verify Salaries
WGRZ-TVFebruary 2, 2012

Businesses and some state lawmakers are railing against the law and are seeking to change it. "The paperwork is not justified," said Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, who is sponsoring a bill to revoke the yearly reporting standard.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Jerry Miller, Army Veteran, Mistakenly Declared Dead 4 Times
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Every time the VA declares him dead, Miller's military pension benefits are cut off, which, in addition to his social security, account for the bulk of the retiree's income. The interruptions may put Miller's ability to keep his home in jeopardy, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Parliament debates intestate succession bill amendment
Myjoyonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Bill, which was laid before the House on November 3, 2009 and referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report, seeks a more responsive approach to the needs of nuclear families whose parents ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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That's Not the Spirit
FutureOfCapitalism.comFebruary 8, 2012

... Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in drafting and passing major pieces of legislation including the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.more »

Real Estate Law
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Tossed® Hires Real Estate Veteran A. Michael Toroyan as Chief Development Officer
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

Toroyan also served as both vice president of leasing and director of legal for a major Florida retail developer. He maintains partner status with Toroyan Group LLC (now StreetView LLC), a real estate consulting firm that represents national ...more »

Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill to allow home-schooled students to play public school athletics clears ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Rob Bell, said an amendment to his bill had closed a loophole that could have allowed gifted athletes to declare themselves home-schoolers and market their services like adolescent free agents to premier high school sports programs. The law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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HIV law is too severe given risks, critics say
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierFebruary 5, 2012

He claims the law violates Bogardus' rights against cruel and unusual punishment and his First Amendment Right of freedom of speech. The First Amendment not only protects speech, it protects the absence of speech, in essence the right to remain silent.more »

Better Business Bureau offers tax tips
Milford Daily NewsFebruary 16, 2012

By Staff reports Taxpayers should do some homework before selecting tax preparation help, the Better Business Bureau warns. According to Internal Revenue Service rules, taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their tax return even if it is ...more »

PAISD non-suited from discrimination case
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 2, 2012

A former Port Arthur Independent School District teacher has non-suited the district from his age discrimination suit. As the Southeast Texas Record reported in April 2007, Gary Phillips sued PAISD alleging the district fired him due to his age.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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James Contini: Asset protection, planning grows in importance for mineral rights
New Philadelphia Times ReporterFebruary 5, 2012

By James Contini Developing an estate with an asset protection plan for mineral rights has become a very hot topic for area residents as an oil and natural gas exploration boom develops in the Tuscarawas Valley region. If you own unleased mineral ...more »

Environmental Law
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“Clean” Energy May Not Be as Green As We Thought
What They Think (blog)February 2, 2012

By Richard Romano on February 2nd, 2012 New Scientist has a long, yet provocative article pointing out that alternative energies may be subject to the law of unintended consequences. That is, at present, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Finance and marriage – should go together like a horse and carriage
CITY A.M.February 13, 2012

On death, joint bank accounts usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner, and can therefore provide ready access to funds in advance of other assets passing under a will and through the probate process. During the marriage, joint bank ...more »

Family Law
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Going Through A Divorce Without Going Crazy
Huffington Post (blog)February 2, 2012

Living with your spouse during the divorce is a bit like quitting a job you despise and then continuing to work there for six months. If marital discord has resulted in a divorce filing, it is unlikely that the angel of peace will descend on your ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California workers compensation insurers' profitability improved in 2010
Business InsuranceFebruary 1, 2012

The profitability of insurers writing workers compensation coverage in the Golden State improved during 2010, according to the Oakland-based California Workers' Compensation Institute. The insurers' return on net worth improved to an average of 5.2% in ...more »


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