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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 »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Health Care Law
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Florida's Rubio pushes back at contraception rules under health care law
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

Uniquely positioned to act, the Florida Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal the part of the federal health care law that requires some religious institutions to offer contraceptives and family planning services without a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Obama wants Congress to act on expanded home refinance plan
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law compromises human rights, safety
Daily Trojan OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Daniel Grzywacz · Daily Trojan Turmoil is growing between the California state legislature and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigration laws. ICE's Secure Communities program requires local law enforcement to send detainees' ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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63% in city say Mayawati govtfailed to check corruption
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The voters of Varanasi look at the crime scene as developing as 29% of them high-fives the government. Again, Kanpur voters (5%) are circumspect of Mayawati's stance on law and order control. Interestingly, 24% of Lucknow voters believe the current ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Implats, NUM won't got to CCMA
Independent OnlineFebruary 6, 2012

Impala Platinum and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not ask the CCMA to resolve a dispute at the mine's Rustenburg operations, despite a request by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Monday. “We are not going to take that proposal.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

(Adds Gupta in Lawsuits section, Stanford in Trials, Facebook in Litigation Departments and Foreign Bribe Case in Verdicts. Updates BP and EchoStar in Lawsuits, JPMorgan in New Suits and JC Flowers in Verdicts. Corrects gender of HSBC spokesman in ...more »

Animal Law
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Martin Scorsese campaigned successfully for 'Hugo' Doberman, but what other ...
Entertainment WeeklyFebruary 1, 2012

Perhaps that's why the legendary director felt so compelled to launch a campaign to get Blackie, the law-enforcing Doberman from Hugo, rightfully nominated for a Golden Collar Award. (“I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IP: is MegaUpload the most important case you've never heard of?
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 1, 2012

If for nothing else, the Megaupload case is important for establishing the use of public officials to protect private, commercial, rights. The film, music and software industries are so vital to the USA's otherwise flagging economy that it has used ...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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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

House OKs Aviation Program Blueprint
TIMEFebruary 3, 2012

03, 2012 (WASHINGTON) — A four-year blueprint for aviation programs that hastens the transition to a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology was given final approval by the House on Friday despite last-minute objections from organized ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Smoke-Free Rental Properties Now Possible Under New State Law
Imperial Valley WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

By holtvilletribune On February 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment A new law expands the availability of smoke-free housing in California by allowing landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units. The Smoke-Free Housing Law went into effect on January 1, 2012.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review Mulberry's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

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Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer After Actos? Call the Drug Litigation Attorneys ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Drug Litigation Attorneys warn anyone who has or is currently taking Actos to consider the risks associated with the drug. If you or a loved one has ever taken Actos for diabetes and are now exhibiting signs of bladder cancer, contact a doctor ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. (“K12” or the “Company”) (NYSE:LRN) between September 9, 2009 and December 16, 2011, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lesbian Army Vet Sues For Spousal Benefits
Instinct Magazine (blog)February 3, 2012

Even though the marriage remains legal even after Proposition 8, when Cooper-Harris requested the extra benefits, they got a big fat “no” from the military. The Pentagon validated their response by saying that a federal law enacted in 1996 supporting ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Actress hurt on 'SVU' OKs deal
New York Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Actress Rosie Perez has settled her personal injury lawsuit against the producers of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” her lawyer confirmed Wednesday. Perez claimed she suffered serious neck and back injuries and nerve damage in 2009 when she was ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional Court has lifted the interim suspension on the shared ... 2, 2012

The Spanish Constitutional Court has now lifted the interim suspension that had been applied to 'The shared Custody Law' within the Valencian Community. Some time ago we informed our readers about the Law issued by the Valencian Generalitat Number 5/11 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Private sector role explored for insuring NHS
Financial TimesFebruary 16, 2012

By Adam Jones, Sarah Neville and Alistair Gray Ministers are eyeing a bigger role for the private sector in insuring the National Health Service against legal claims amid soaring clinical negligence bills. The Department of Health has said it will ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New Radius Cell Manager Strictly Follows TCPA Law
InsideARMFebruary 1, 2012

The Radius Cell Manager solution is a game changer because it's not based on dialer technology, but rather was newly developed starting in 2009 specifically to help call centers, credit grantors, and collection agencies overcome the liabilities ...more »

Real Estate Law
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First-time investor tips
Canadian Real Estate MagazineFebruary 3, 2012

Veteran real estate lawyer and author Martin KI Rumack outlines the options open to that newbie buyer or someone buying new after a four-year hiatus. If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be entitled to certain benefits under the RRSP Home Buyers' ...more »

New York Giants like chances of repeating
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

And the vast majority of the New York Giants' starting lineup is under contract. A day after their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots, a weary team of partied-out players packed their bags and returned to the team's headquarters at the ...more »

Sports Law
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Prentice Power Sports sells
Minden TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Prentice Power Sports will soon have a new name and new owner. Paul Prentice, centre, recently sold his business to Steve Harper, left, who has been cottaging in the Highlands for 10 years. Harper's brother-in-law Dan Bursey will be managing the shop, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lab tests could shed light on Grosse Pointe Park killing
Detroit Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

The case has drawn the attention of criminal defense lawyers, who weighed in Thursday about why Gentz hasn't yet been criminally charged after he supposedly confessed to murder. Criminal law expert David A. Moran, a professor at the University of ...more »

SHARON TOWNSHIP: IRS tells township assessor must be township employee, wants ...
Heritage NewspapersFebruary 3, 2012

Aiuto said the township should have the auditor's report within 60 days of the January audit. “We need to get it in writing so we see exactly what we're facing and we need to get a tax attorney,” said Trustee Kathy Spiegel.more »

How The Rock Got To Plymouth (And To The Parking Lot Near You)
North Country Public RadioFebruary 16, 2012

For older people who are looking for work, age discrimination is a major barrier. But proving bias can be difficult. The point guard was an unknown bench warmer for the New York Knicks until a few weeks ago. But after a series of breakout performances, ...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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Bill would block export of Keystone fuels
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats unveiled legislation on Friday that would block export of any oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline, as they challenged claims that the delayed project would boost US energy security.more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

This is a negligence action founded in legal malpractice. The plaintiffs, Appellants herein, alleged that the defendant lawyers were negligent in failing to properly implement an estate plan for an estate of which Appellants were beneficiaries.more »

Family Law
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Proposal extends medical leave to veterans' families
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi Family members of veterans would be entitled to the same leave afforded to family members of current military service members under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act announced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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County OKs Workers Comp-Related Contracts
The Ann Arbor ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 meeting: (1) for the third-party administration of claims services for the workers' disability compensation program from 2012-2015; and (2) for excess workers' disability compensation insurance coverage from Feb. 1, 2012 through May 1, 2013.more »


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