Weekly News Update


*While Apple was preparing a splashy introduction for a new service that would stream music over the Internet, the attorneys general of NY and CT were quietly investigating the Silicon Valley giant’s negotiations with music companies in search of potential antitrust violations. [NY Times]

*The NY state Assembly passed Lavern’s Law Wednesday, leaving the measure’s fate squarely in the Senate’s hands. Lavern’s Law is named after Lavern Wilkinson, a Brooklyn woman who died of a curable form of lung cancer after doctors misdiagnosed her. By the time her family sued, the window to file had expired. [NY Daily News]

*The New York State Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision, ruling that the city medical examiner is not obligated to notify next of kin if a person’s internal organs are not included when the body is returned to the family for burial or cremation. [Capital New York]

*In an important separation-of-powers case, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would have allowed American parents of children born in Jerusalem to obtain passports saying the children were born in Israel. [NY Times]

*Ross Ulbricht, the convicted founder of online illegal-drugs marketplace Silk Road, is challenging his conviction a week after receiving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. [c|net]

*A federal judge in California dealt a blow to bankruptcy trustees winding down failed law firms, ruling that the defunct law firm Howrey LLP has no right to profits from unfinished legal work its partners brought to their new firms. [Wall Street Journal]

*A federal judge ordered two New York municipalities in the Catskills foothills to face a lawsuit accusing them of discriminating against Hasidic Jews by trying to stop them from moving in. [Reuters]

*Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legal counsel is collecting 61 state agencies’ data and comments about lawsuits and complaints they get, cases deemed highly sensitive or routine, and whether they handle the cases in-house, by contract lawyers or through the Attorney General’s Office. Cuomo’s counsel is looking for inefficiencies, issues that might be similar among agencies and ways to save money. [The Republic]