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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 »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Florida bill seeks to hasten foreclosures
The News-PressFebruary 6, 2012

House Bill 213 tries to streamline the foreclosure process, staying within the court system rather than bypassing it, and protects homeowners' rights, said Kathleen Passidomo, a Republican state representative and real estate lawyer from Naples.more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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$18 Billion California Commitment for Struggling Homeowners, Can Benefit ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 11, 2012

Los Angeles Real Estate Attorney, Aria Vatankhah has dealt with real estate financing cases as part of his law practice, and he relates that cases involving mortgage fraud can often result in settlements and invalidating the deed of trust on property.more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Westmoreland roofing claims investigated
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 2, 2012

Brown said they are looking into the theft of funds from property owners who paid Prime Roofing to replace their roofs but now have mechanics' liens placed on their property by building material supplier ABC Supply Co. Inc. The Wisconsin-based supplier ...more »

Reverse Mortgage Workshop Coming to University Place on Feb. 15
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources is sponsoring "Reverse Mortgages: A Primer for Consumers." By Patch Staff Most Americans would prefer to remain in their own home for as long as possible. One way that people can do that ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Demonstrators seek revision of terrorist detention act
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 4, 2012

“It's a direct affront to our civil liberties under the guise of fighting terrorists,” said Brice Powers, who works in construction but joined the demonstration at lunchtime. “It's very important that we repeal this.” Since it became law last month, ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Law Partners and Managers Must Be Active Overseers of Colleagues' Conduct
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

See generally Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers §58 (2000), which sets out broad principles of vicarious liability. A lawyer may be held responsible for violating Rule 5.1 whether or not state law shields the lawyer from tort liability ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Yakima Co. appoints committee to find savings in justice budget
Yakima Herald-RepublicFebruary 5, 2012

In addition to Hutton, the appointees are David Thorner, a partner in the prominent Yakima law firm of Thorner, Kennedy & Gano, and David Connell, retired president of SECO Construction Supply of Yakima. Underlying the need for an independent panel of ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Greenberg Traurig Hit With Suit Alleging Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty
The American LawyerFebruary 2, 2012

An investor in a now-bankrupt California private mortgage broker and real estate loan provider claims in a potential class action brought against Greenberg Traurig that the firm, acting as the broker's counsel, helped hatch a fraudulent scheme that ...more »

Eminent Domain
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UT regents clear way for Austin flagship to purchase Players restaurant
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 9, 2012

By Ralph KM Haurwitz SAN ANTONIO — In 2004, the University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized the Austin flagship to use eminent domain to acquire a restaurant for a parking garage next to a planned hotel and conference center.more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Lalezarian's Old Mill Project Restarts
Great Neck RecordFebruary 10, 2012

Board members were prepared to vote on the matter last Thursday, but it was determined during the meeting that a legal notice of the meeting should have been printed in this paper. The study and the opinions from the villages' experts, H2M, ...more »

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Deutsche Boerse-NYSE, Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

A nationwide sweep to rein in identity theft and tax-refund fraud targeted 105 people in 23 states, leading to 939 criminal charges, including 58 arrests and 10 guilty pleas, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The sweep took place last week and ...more »

Title Litigation
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Rockville doubles contract with law firm to $1M
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

16, for legal services involving the city's bonds, employment and benefits, code enforcement, Rockville Town Square operations and the Town Square garage lease and litigation. Rockville City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel said the contract with Venable is ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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New Trend on China Real Estate Finance—Analysis on Real Estate Trusts and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

Now the business is moving from residential projects to commercial buildings and subsidiary houses, while more are targeting listed companies, large-scale groups or regional leading developers, and in the end may bring out REITs product.more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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GUEST COLUMN: Local GOP off base on zoning
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

I find the local Republican Party and the Rutherford County Concerned Citizen's for Property Rights conclusion that the Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Map and Ordinance to be “… unwarranted and not needed, as it infringes upon a property ...more »


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