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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 »

Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Supreme court prepares for battle over human rights liability of corporations
The GuardianFebruary 27, 2012

America's top human rights lawyers are gearing up for a crucial supreme court battle that will determine whether US-based and global corporations can be held liable for genocide and other violations of international law. The hearing on 28 February is ...more »

Health Care Law
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US Rep. Leonard Lance votes against Obama health care plan's cost-cutting panel
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

Leonard Lance, R-Hunterdon, voted against a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law today in a House subcommittee. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed legislation which called for the repeal of the Independent Payment ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ranks of moderate Republicans shrink with Sen. Dennis Jones leaving after 32 years
Tampabay.comFebruary 28, 2012

But his colleagues, who call the 70-year-old Seminole Republican the "Dean of the Senate," didn't cooperate, giving him several standing ovations before surprising him by renaming one of his bills the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act.more »

Immigration Law
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Kris Kobach: the immigration law mastermind influencing Mitt Romney
The GuardianFebruary 24, 2012

The idea is to make the legal environment so hostile to undocumented families, and work so hard to come by, that they will choose to depart of their own volition – "self-deportation", as Kobach calls it. Kobach, who has been dubbed the "dark lord of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Renewables do not have the scale, development timeframe or economics to materially change this outcome as much as we would hope. The energy industry has to stand up to provide strategic vision. Here are some thoughts for a United States energy policy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Teachers get strike okay
Canada.comFebruary 29, 2012

Their employer, the BC Public School Employers Association, argued teachers should be allowed to pull their services for one day over a 10-day period, with two days' notice. As an essential service, teachers must receive the go-ahead from the LRB to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allianz Life Names Gretchen Cepek as General Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) has promoted Gretchen Cepek to the post of general counsel, effective February 20, 2012. In her new role, Cepek will serve as chief legal...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

By Kay Henderson | DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The Iowa state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose penalties on animal rights activists caught trying to get a job at a farm or animal production facility in order to gather evidence such as ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Fish & Richardson Sweeps Managing Intellectual Property's "Tier 1" IP Rankings ...
Citybizlist (press release)February 21, 2012

Wilmington, DE - Fish & Richardson has received "Tier 1" IP rankings in every national US category - Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Life Sciences, and ITC - in Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine's annual ranking of the top IP law...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US Navy Veterans Living with Mesothelioma are Urged to Call The Mesothelioma ...
PR Web (press release)February 16, 2012

Of this group, about one third will be US Navy Veterans, who were exposed to asbestos on their ships, or during ship renovations at US Navy Shipyards. The Mesothelioma Victims Center's services are free, they are unsurpassed, and they are available to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What you may have missed in the polls: Taxes, the auto bailout, and ...
The American (blog)February 24, 2012

By Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg We're confident that most Americans don't have a well-developed grand theory of taxation. We do know that most people think the system is a mess. The Pew poll from late December found that 60 percent of Republicans, ...more »

No Relief For Failing Kingfisher As More Flights Drop From Schedule
Aviation WeekFebruary 27, 2012

India's Civil Aviation Ministry has categorically refused a government bailout like the one extended to state-run Air India. “The government is not going to bail it out, but we hope Kingfisher can mobilize its resources somehow because if they don't, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ask a real estate pro: I have an underwater mortgage but love the house
Sun-Sentinel (blog)February 10, 2012

Don't make another mistake now by giving up on a home you love. Q: My tenant moved out of the apartment that I rented to him and left behind about $400 worth of random stuff. What do I do with it? – Nancy A: Florida, like most states, has specific laws...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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European Banks Flock to 2nd Round of Cheap Loans
New York TimesFebruary 29, 2012

FRANKFURT — In a closely watched display of its firepower, the European Central Bank on Wednesday allocated to euro zone banks another huge round of the cheap, three-year loans that have helped avert a banking crisis but have not yet revived lending...more »

Litigation
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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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High court dilemma: Can lie about medal be crime?
Sacramento BeeFebruary 19, 2012

He was, however, one of the first people prosecuted under a 2006 federal law aimed at curbing false claims of military valor. Concerns that the law improperly limits speech and turns people into criminals for things they say, rather than do, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military defends its handling of 'stolen valor' medals
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Jason Chaffetz has twice been burned by people who lied about their military service and now he wants the Pentagon to create an online database to help differentiate the honest veterans from the fakes. But leaders in the armed forces don't share his ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Richmond man charged with child porn possession
Richmond RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

Police took a computer and several other electronic storage devices from Burkhead's home, according to the report. The items were sent to the Kentucky State Police Crimes Section for examination. The KSP reportedly found four images depicting nude ...more »

Personal Injury
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Syracuse Car Accident Attorney Joins Call for Crackdown on Drugged Driving
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb of the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates says he supports improving technology and training for local law enforcement in their efforts to stem the rising threat of drugged driving accidents.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court, Congress should avoid showdown
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 24, 2012

This tension was triggered by a pending decision in the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law. This has the makings of a nasty battle for supremacy between Congress and the courts, and both sides should tread lightly as they approach ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kansas Abortion Bill Would Impose Sweeping Restrictions
Huffington PostFebruary 6, 2012

A Kansas House committee is scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday that would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withheld medical information to prevent an abortion. The measure would also take away tax credits for abortion providers, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Supreme Court slams misleading ads
Vancouver SunFebruary 29, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada found that a Time letter trying to sell subscriptions that appeared to tell Jean-Marc Richard he'd won more than $800000 breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that found ...more »

Real Estate Law
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America's Cup: Deal Nearly Funded Race with Pricey Condos
SF WeeklyFebruary 29, 2012

Concealed within scads of America's Cup-related legal and real estate arcana presented to elected officials this month was legislation that would have lashed together the Cup and the proposed 8 Washington luxury condo tower that anti-development groups ...more »

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 27/2
VietNamNet BridgeFebruary 27, 2012

Meanwhile, the Project Management Board of Central Power Projects (AMT), also a subsidiary of EVN, will act on behalf of NPT to implement the project. While the equipment side of the project will be funded by the Asia Development Bank (ADB), ...more »

Sports Law
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WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC Part of Neb. city's ...
WECT-TV6February 21, 2012

AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A judge has rejected part of a Nebraska ...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 »

How to find trustworthy tax preparation help
Wilson County NewsFebruary 3, 2012

According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans will enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help to avoid penalties or fees.more »

U of I wins age discrimination case
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 26, 2012

A jury has ruled in favor of the University of Iowa College of Law in an employment discrimination case. The lawsuit, brought by attorney Donald Dobkin, alleged disparate treatment by the university when Dobkin was not hired as a faculty member in 2009 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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CFTC Chairman Gensler testifies before Ag committee
Futures MagazineFebruary 29, 2012

In addition, the Commission adopted an important customer protection enhancement, the so-called “LSOC rule” (legal segregation with operational commingling) for swaps. It prevents clearing organizations from using the cleared swap collateral of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Deerfield sets new standards for alternative energy
TribLocalFebruary 29, 2012

About three Deerfield properties use solar energy and about the same number use geothermal energy. These property owners will not be affected because the city laws wouldn't apply to existing alternative energy collection devices.more »

Wills & Probate
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Where have all the paper court files gone?
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 27, 2012

Currently, documents can only be electronically filed by attorneys in Duval County probate and guardianship cases. The Clerk anticipates that attorneys will be able to file online documents for Duval Family cases by mid-February and will be able to ...more »

Family Law
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call for new 'presumed dead' law
BBC NewsFebruary 22, 2012

The government should change the law to make it easier for families of missing people to deal with their affairs, the Commons Justice Select Committee says. In a report, it calls for legislation based on Scotland's 1977 Presumption of Death Act to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Iowa Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Attorney James P. Hoffman Now ...
PR Web (press release)February 24, 2012

Attorney James P. Hoffman is now offering free initial legal consultations and counsel for Iowa workers compensation, personal injury and social security disability cases. During a free legal consultation, I'll listen to a case and devise a legal claim ...more »

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