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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 »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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House passes pilot program to open family courts
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 24, 2012

The measure exempts sexual abuse cases and stipulates that judges participating in the project must first receive approval from the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. The Administrative Office of the Courts would monitor the program and report ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care overhaul law proceeds as court fight draws near
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 28, 2012

By Tim Eaton While Texas' top political leaders continue to fight the federal government's new health care law, the state's insurance department is charging forward with a schedule to put it into place. Katrina Daniel, an associate commissioner with ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Terry Jones will reportedly burn Korans to protest Youcef Nadarkhani's execution
Fox NewsFebruary 27, 2012

Dr. Terry Jones of Stand Up America Now said the planned protest would "obviously get Islam's attention," saying Christians "cannot just stand by and do nothing," according to the Christian Post. The American Center for Law and Justice announced last ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ahead Of Arizona Primary: A Decline In Political Cache Of State Immigration Laws
Tucson CitizenFebruary 27, 2012

27, 2012, under Arizona Progress By Kristian Ramos - Huffington Post Ahead of a competitive Arizona primary, Mitt Romney said that the state's immigration law SB1070 would make a strong model for the rest of the country.more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Just Economy - the Sirleaf Development Paradigm
AllAfrica.comFebruary 23, 2012

Liberia revenue intake there from outpaced all other nations' economic collections but was only compared in second place on the GNP ladder with Japan, Asia's industrial leader. That phenomenal intake of hard earned revenue was highly mismanaged and in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Denney says state employee pay resolution is just a 'process' dispute...
The Spokesman Review (blog)February 22, 2012

House Speaker Lawerence Denney says the leadership-backed resolution introduced Tuesday to zero-fund raises for state employees next year is more about process than a disagreement that could stall budget writing and delay adjournment, reports Idaho ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Times demand new approach to farm risk management
Delta Farm PressFebruary 15, 2012

Declining support for federal farm programs and the transition of farmland ownership and lease agreements. The Environmental Protection Agency's ever-increasing interest in stricter regulation of traditional farming practices.more »

Animal Law
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ASPCA Rescues Hundreds of Cats From Animal Sanctuary in Madison County, Fla.
Sacramento BeeFebruary 27, 2012

This is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever removed from one location in an animal cruelty investigation. As a result of an investigation spanning for more than a year, a search warrant was executed Monday morning for the removal of the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monsanto, Apple, Hermes, Koch Industries: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

Daniel Ravicher, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs will appeal. “The ruling makes it clear that there was neither a history of behavior nor a reasonable likelihood that Monsanto would pursue patent infringement matters against farmers ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace Settles Bankruptcy Litigation (blog)February 29, 2012

According to The Daily Inter Lake, WR Grace recently ended bankruptcy court litigation and agreed to a $19.5 million settlement that will fund the Libby Medical Program and transfer to a local Libby Medical Plan Trust. This financial decision will ...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 »

NBAA Announces Recipients of 2012 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship
Insurance News Net (press release)February 23, 2012

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the individuals who have been selected by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2012 NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Corboy & Demetrio Lawyer Named Board President of Center for Disability ...
TopWireNews (press release)February 21, 2012

/ Matthew T. Jenkins, a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Corboy & Demetrio, has become the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Disability & Elder Law. Corboy & Demetrio attorney Matthew T. Jenkins has become ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines Pilots: Bankrupt Carrier Has Little Interest In Consensual Deal
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, said last week it needs concessions in a matter of weeks and did not have the "luxury of time" if it was to emerge from Chapter 11 in the near term. "To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.more »

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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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Negotiated Settlement or Trial -- What's in Your Best Interest?
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 29, 2012

Some TV advertising injury lawyers like to portray themselves as attorneys who will take your injury claim all the way to trial, and they claim that because the insurance company defending your claim knows they will go to trial, this will somehow make ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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There's help for military families, young service members
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 25, 2012

That's one reason why the "Financial Field Manual" was created for military personnel and their families. It's a valuable tool that addresses special mortgage programs, tax breaks, GI Bill benefits, savings programs and more. As part of Military Saves ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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ZICTA plans setting up team to combat cyber crime
postzambia.comFebruary 29, 2012

He said ZICTA would be working closely with the law enforcement agencies to protect consumers and institutions, both private and public, from cyber crime. "Under the electronic communications transaction Act of 2009, it provides for coming up with a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lubbock personal injury attorney offers safety tips regarding passenger vans
Einnews PortugalFebruary 19, 2012

Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock personal injury attorney reports) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published an article regarding the safety of passenger vans. These large vehicles are often used by organizations and companies...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Georgia, Alabama illegal immigration laws headed to appeals court Thursday
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

By Jeremy Redmon The legal battle over how far states can go in combating illegal immigration will resume Thursday when a federal appeals court in Atlanta hears arguments over Georgia's and Alabama's enforcement laws. John Spink, John Spink, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push for Birthing Justice
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Born of a movement to reclaim the childbirth experience from the medical establishment, today's professional midwives are a modern incarnation of an age-old vocation, defining themselves as an alternative to the hospital ward.more »

Consumer Protection
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Making Energy 'Transparent' Without Killing The Industry
Investor's Business DailyFebruary 24, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains a provision—Section 1504 — requiring companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to annually report payments made to foreign governments related to the ...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 »

Penguins sign LW Neal to 6-year contract extension
Wall Street JournalFebruary 19, 2012

AP BUFFALO, NY — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed left wing James Neal to a six-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $5 million a season. The deal was announced by the team Sunday morning, hours before the Penguins play at ...more »

Sports Law
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Ohio school shooting may shift discussion back to state's lax gun laws
Washington Post (blog)February 28, 2012

By Elizabeth Flock A gunman at Chardon High School in Ohio opened fire Monday on students with a .22-caliber handgun, which he had stowed in his handbag. Two students were fatally shot and three others were injured. School Superintendent Joe Bergant ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lakeland Criminal Defense Attorney Launches New Website
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 21, 2012

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2012 – Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek launched a new website to better serve those accused of crimes in central Florida. The website at is an easy-to-use ...more »

Miccosukee tribe says members owe $26M to IRS
Native TimesFebruary 16, 2012

But the IRS says individual members do have to pay. Lehtinen's attorney told The Miami Herald that the Miccosukees are trying to shift blame to him to cover up mistakes by their own leaders. Lehtinen represented the tribe on a variety of issues from ...more »

Age Bias Claims Against Law Schools to Proceed
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 24, 2012

By RYAN ABBOTT WASHINGTON (CN) - A federal judge ruled that a law school professor suing six law schools for employment discrimination based on age must sue each of the schools separately and in their home districts. 62 year-old Nicholas Spaeth sued ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Micron Shares Climb After Rival Elpida Files For Bankruptcy >MU
Wall Street JournalFebruary 27, 2012

Elpida, ending prolonged speculation over how it will raise enough funds to repay upcoming large loans, said on Monday that it is seeking protection from its creditors under Japan's Corporate Rehabilitation Law. The maker of dynamic random access ...more »

Environmental Law
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Lawmakers again propose to set feed-in tariff for electricity generated from ...
InterfaxFebruary 28, 2012

The law on the feed-in tariff was adopted in Ukraine in spring 2009. The law sets a special coefficient for electricity generated using alternative energy. The National Commission for Energy Regulation (NCER) approved a procedure for setting feed-in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Franklin County commissioner to seek judge's post
Anderson Independent MailFebruary 29, 2012

Until two years ago, the probate judge in Franklin County also served as the county elections supervisor. In Georgia, county probate courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of ...more »

Family Law
[read all news] "Divorce and Family Law" Newsletter Launched
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --, a leading legal website from LexisNexis(R) for consumers and small business owners, has a new, free electronic newsletter available on the site called Divorce and Family Law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma bills would allow employers to opt out of state workers comp system
Business InsuranceFebruary 28, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY—A set of bills has advanced in the Oklahoma Legislature that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system by establishing an alternative plan. Oklahoma's House Judiciary Committee passed HB 2155 on an 8-5 ...more »


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