Weekly News Update


*The NFL has hired one of the nation’s most successful appellate attorneys to fight the court decision that reversed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for Deflategate. [ESPN]

*In a head-snapping reversal, Amazon.com has convinced the Ninth Circuit to retract an opinion on the site’s search results technique and replace it with a decision in its favor. To make the result even weirder, the single judge who flipped isn’t a member of the Ninth Circuit but a partly retired judge from the Western District of Michigan. [Chicago Tribune]

*Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the iPad maker conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. [Business Insider]

*Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma’s bid for freedom rests with a federal appeals court that’s now weighing his insider-trading conviction. The appeal comes just days after the U.S. dropped insider-trading charges against Michael Steinberg, a former SAC Capital fund manager who was convicted by a jury, in the latest fallout from a major appellate ruling that made such prosecutions more difficult. [Crain’s New York]

*Armed with subpoena power, net neutrality activist Tim Wu is spearheading an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office into whether broadband companies in New York are promising Internet speeds they don’t deliver. [Wall Street Journal]

*The results for the July 2015 administration of the New York bar exam are out, and they really aren’t pretty. In fact, they’re downright ugly. [Above the Law]

*The city has appealed a judge’s ruling that stopped a ban on plastic-foam food containers from taking effect. Supreme Court Judge Margaret Chan had decided in September that the sanitation commissioner hadn’t demonstrated that containers made of expanded polystyrene could not be cost-efficiently recycled. [Crain’s New York]