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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 »

Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

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Administrative Law
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Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

Health Care Law
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University of Utah debate previews Supreme Court health care arguments
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

The University of Utah next week will stage a preview of the US Supreme Court proceedings concerning the Affordable Care Act, the controversial legislation overhauling health care. The SJ Quinney College of Law has invited two scholars to debate the ...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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UK tribunal rules radical preacher Abu Qatada will be released on bail within days
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

After six years in custody, Abu Qatada could be freed within days for three months under stringent conditions, a judge at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London said. Abu Qatada has been fighting to be released after the European Court of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels' signature making Indiana the 23rd "right to work" state in the nation, advocates on both sides were looking ahead to how the new law will affect Hoosiers. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Telefonica Argentina adopts Comptel Convergent Mediation
Telecompaper (subscription)February 1, 2012

Telefonica de Ar gentina has selected the Comptel Convergent Mediation service to replace its existing vendor's mediation platform. Telefonica de Argentina plans to use Comptel's technology to collect and transform more than 90 million network ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Selective Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Earnings
PR Newswire (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, net income per diluted share was $0.29 and operating income(1) was ...more »

Animal Law
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Local advocates petition for tougher punishments on animal abusers
KIVI-TVFebruary 3, 2012

By Jennifer Auh Animal rights advocates push for tougher punishments on animal abusers, and they want your help. Using a recent case of animal abuse in Oregon as an example, they point out why Idaho needs stricter punishments to protect animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Qatar steps up fight against pirated goods
Gulf TimesFebruary 6, 2012

The seizures were made by the Intellectual Property Centre (IPC) at Qatar's Ministry of Justice in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior. Abdulla Ahmad Qayed, Director of the IPC, said at a joint press conference with the Business Software ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Lawsuit in Missouri Settles for $10 Million
Seedol.com (blog)February 2, 2012

The asbestos lawsuit settlement was awarded to her family late last month. If you or a loved one experienced asbestos exposure and later developed mesothelioma, call an asbestos attorney at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

New USAF X-Plane, the X-56A UAV, Revealed by Aviation Week
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

3, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation-- vital technologies that will propel ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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JPMorgan settles overdraft fee case for $110 mln
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

The largest US bank by assets joined Bank of America Corp and several smaller lenders in settling their portion of the nationwide litigation over the fees, which are typically assessed when customers overdraw their checking accounts.more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tennis coach charged in bust
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

Thursday's arrest was the result of an undercover investigation by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that began Oct. 7, 2011. According to Ms. Kennedy, State Police Sgt. Michael Hill began an undercover investigation into a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Guest: Senate's PIP bill better
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

By Bill Newton By BILL NEWTON Several bills designed to reform our state's Personal Injury Protection system are working their way through the legislative process. While everyone agrees reforms are necessary to help safeguard against fraud, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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“Legally invisible”: Law reform matters for Aboriginal health
Crikey (blog)February 2, 2012

A recent Croakey post suggested that Constitutional reform could bring important health benefits for Indigenous Australians. The article below argues that a clear legal framework is needed for better Aboriginal health, citing a paper recently released ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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SASAYA v. EARLE
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

In this legal malpractice case, Plaintiff Koji Sasaya proceeds pro se against the counsel he retained to challenge the resolution of a bitter business dispute, which Sasaya settled through his former counsel but now regrets. Defendants James C. Earle ...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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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
SunHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

He has worked for his family's business doing legal work and real estate development. He is the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress, and is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history. He co-wrote the book “Young Guns: A New ...more »

News Digest: Feb. 13
Federal TimesFebruary 12, 2012

Meneses most recently served as deputy chief of the information technology division within the Air Force Medical Support Agency surgeon general's office. Another Booz Allen employee reported the incident to the company's legal department, according to ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.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 »

TurboTax Review: PC Software for Easing Your Tax Burden
Notebook ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

With your signed power of attorney, a CPA, attorney, or enrolled agent can actually conduct all audit-related or other contact activities for you. You don't even need to be present at a hearing. Other kinds of tax preparers can accompany you to an IRS ...more »

Pres. Shelly to sign protection act
Farmington Daily TimesFebruary 16, 2012

Dennison advocated for the act after experiencing abuse and neglect following a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury. "Her husband left her with all the bills and she was financially stuck with everything," said Hoskie Benally, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Farr.com. Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian countries with few alternative sources of energy, government officials said on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Senior citizens vulnerable to fraud, financial abuse from within family
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 16, 2012

... her son in order to avoid probate when she died. When her son filed for bankruptcy and creditors came knocking, she suffered the consequences, said Kotzer. "Be very cautious of giving up control to your children," he said. The same goes for wills.more »

Family Law
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Bill would allow halt of autopsies
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed law giving families a way to stop autopsies for religious reasons, prompted by the recent case of a Jewish hiker who died on Mount Rainier, passed out of a legislative committee before a key deadline this week. A proposed law giving families...more »

Workers Compensation
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City pays workers comp settlement
Morgan Hill TimesFebruary 3, 2012

by Michael Moore Staff Writer The city paid a workers' compensation settlement to one of its public works employees this week, bringing the total amount paid in such claims this fiscal year to about $199000. Following a discussion in closed session at ...more »

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