Weekly News Update


*Hours after a New York judge ordered the two largest fantasy sports operators to shut down in the state, an appellate court judge issued an emergency stay that allows residents to keep playing. FanDuel Inc., and DraftKings Inc. are battling in court with the state’s attorney general over whether the games constitute illegal gambling. [Wall Street Journal]

*A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a visiting judge who ordered the District of Columbia to stop enforcing its strict laws for carrying concealed firearms had no authority to hear the case. In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the judge from upstate New York was erroneously assigned to the case after hearing an earlier, related challenge to the city’s gun-control laws. [Washington Post]

*Carving an exception into a general rule that hospitals and doctors owe a duty of care only to their patients, the top appeals court in New York has OK’d a third-party lawsuit against a physician and hospital over an auto accident. School bus driver Edwin Davis, whose bus was allegedly struck by Lorraine Walsh, may sue the physician and hospital where Walsh was given an opioid drug shortly before she was involved in the accident. [ABA Journal]

*As the year draws to a close, so too does the tenure of New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. Since his appointment in 2009, the Chief Judge has inspired us with his pursuit of justice for every New Yorker. He has relentlessly attacked the justice gap through reforms that are both cutting edge and highly effective. Under his leadership we have seen a drumroll of initiatives that are making the State’s court system more equitable and accessible. [Huffington Post]