Weekly News Update


*Mayor Bill de Blasio and the state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, released a series of proposals Tuesday to reduce the inmate population at Rikers Island by eliminating the backlog of pending court cases and improving the process for handling future cases. [Capital New York]

*Recently, the NYSCA unanimously held that state law requires nonresident attorneys wishing to practice in NY to maintain an actual office here. The 2nd Circuit will likely make a ruling on the constitutionality on the office requirement for nonresident NY attorneys. [Brooklyn Eagle]

*Last Wednesday, NJ residents Michael and Geraldine Torre requested that the Appellate Court rehear en banc their recent ruling that the couple’s insurance provider – Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance – isn’t responsible for covering the cost of removing debris that was deposited on the Torre’s land during Hurricane Sandy. [Patch]

*New York officials are seeking to increase funding to provide poor people with free legal services in civil proceedings such as eviction and immigration matters, part of a broader national movement to establish a legal right to counsel in civil cases. [Wall Street Journal]

*New York’s attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work. [NY Times]

*On Monday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the European Union to pursue its lawsuit accusing R.J. Reynolds of running a global money-laundering scheme that involved drug and cigarette smuggling. [Reuters]

*A senior judge’s intent may have been good, but his legal reasoning in overturning the car-registration suspension of a Lackawanna County man who let his insurance lapse was flawed, a state appellate court ruled. [The Times Tribune]