Weekly News Update


*The New York State Appellate Division has denied New York City’s motion to appeal an earlier decision overturning the city’s ban on foam food service products. Members of the recycling industry, restaurant owners and others applauded the decision, which they say will open the door for foam recycling in New York City. [Recycling Today]

*President Obama signed a new K-12 education law on Thursday that effectively ends heavy federal involvement in public schools and sends much of that authority back to states and local school districts. [Washington Post]

* A divided panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of New York’s infamous “cannibal cop,” Gilberto Valle, on Thursday. The appeals court concluded that as shocking and horrific as Valle’s posts were, they were sexual fantasies, not actual kidnapping schemes. [Reuters]

*Can attorneys act as whistleblowers when they suspect their clients are acting illegally? In New York, a state trial court judge ruled last month that a lawyer who discloses confidential client-information can be precluded from acting as a whistleblower. Moreover, the ruling found the attorney in the case had violated state bar ethics rules. [Bloomberg]

*Just five days after the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, the Supreme Court Justices left in place a lower court ruling that found local governments have latitude in deciding how to regulate firearms. [NY Daily News]

*The Harvard Law Review has long claimed credit for creating The Bluebook. But a new article from two librarians at Yale Law School, Fred R. Shapiro and Julie Graves Krishnaswami, says its rival’s account is “wildly erroneous.” [NY Times]

*The 2nd Circuit ruled on Tuesday that thousands of non-U.S. citizens could not pursue claims against Arab Bank Plc for providing support to militant groups behind attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. [Reuters]