Weekly News Update


*Sergey Aleynikov, an ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. programmer who twice won reversal of guilty verdicts for taking the firm’s high-frequency trading code when he left for another job, isn’t yet in the clear as prosecutors press an appeal. [Bloomberg]

*The NFL scored an early legal victory in its fight over Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension with the NFL Players Association on Thursday when a Minnesota judge transferred the union’s lawsuit to the New York district where the league filed its own complaint. [USA Today]

*The secrets of the Staten Island grand jury that refused to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold are safe for now. A New York State appeals court on Wednesday affirmed an earlier decision by Staten Island Supreme Court Justice William Garnett to keep the evidence sealed. [NY Daily News]

*Claims that intelligent animals should have limited legal rights may someday succeed, a Manhattan judge said on Thursday, but she denied an animal rights group’s bid to get two chimpanzees used in research at a state university released to a sanctuary. [Raw Story]

*The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a federal appellate court’s insider trading ruling, calling it a “roadmap” for potential criminals that undermined efforts to ensure the “integrity of the securities markets.” [Reuters]

*Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. [Times Ledger]

*A farm whose calf wandered into the road is not liable for the car-collision death of a woman who tried to help the animal, a New York court ruled. [Courthouse News Service]