Weekly News Update


*A suburban New York man was convicted Thursday in the death of a police officer responding to a crash on the Long Island Expressway even though the officer was struck and killed by another motorist. [ABC News]

*In a major setback for President Obama’s climate change agenda, the Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration’s effort to combat global warming by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. [NY Times]

*The collapse of a more than 500-foot-high construction crane in Lower Manhattan last Friday morning killed a man in a parked vehicle, injured three pedestrians and also hit New York City’s legal community hard, closing a law school, a courthouse and two legal aid offices. [ABA Journal]

*On Thursday, a three-judge federal panel dealt a blow to anti-gun violence advocates when they rejected portions of a Maryland gun reform law. The court said that assault weapons are in such “common use” that owning them is a “fundamental right” in a decision that could force the Supreme Court to rule on whether the firearms are legal. [NY Daily News]

*The Court of Arbitration for Sport has for decades served as the final arbiter on sports disputes throughout the world, ruling on thousands of cases ranging from trifling to momentous. Claudia Pechstein, a speedskater from Germany, however, is on the verge of turning this entrenched system of justice on its head. [NY Times]

*On Thursday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a long-lasting antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation. In 2009, It’s My Party, Inc. sued the concert and promotion giant for allegedly wielding its national power to entice and coerce artists to appear only at local amphitheaters and other venues it owned and operated. [The Hollywood Reporter]