Weekly News Update


*A group fighting a casino proposal in a rural upstate town won a legal victory on Friday when the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department ruled that the town board had violated the procedures of a state environmental law. [NY Times]

*The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York said on Monday that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order appointing Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to oversee cases of police-involved civilian death was “gravely flawed and will harm the cause of justice.” [Capital New York]

*The major television networks were hit with a legal earthquake on Thursday when a federal judge issued a shocking ruling by declaring that the streaming company FilmOn was potentially entitled to a compulsory license of broadcasters’ copyrighted programming. If the judge’s opinion survives scrutiny on appeal, it could mean that CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC have to license their programming to a digital outlet at below-market rates. [The Hollywood Reporter]

*New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Thursday pay and health protections for the state’s nail salon workers, comprised largely of Asian and Latino immigrants, his office announced. [Reuters]

*When New York’s rent-stabilization law was extended in June, Mayor Bill de Blasio and tenant leaders complained that the state Legislature handed them a defeat. But as the language of law has begun to circulate, some lawyers who specialize in the arcana of landlord-tenant law say the fine print might unexpectedly have expanded protections for tenants. [Wall Street Journal]

*Hypothetical or not, a frequent-flying executive’s remark about a bomb in her luggage gave JetBlue reason enough to refer the matter to the FBI, the Second Circuit ruled on Thursday. [Courthouse News Service]

*The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to partly shut down the National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk, which resumed last month after a lapse of several weeks. [NY Times]