Weekly News Update


*New York’s top court has refused to hear a challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presence on the state’s April 19 presidential Republican primary ballot. Plaintiffs Barry Korman and William Gallo had maintained that Cruz isn’t “a natural born citizen” of the U.S. as constitutionally required for eligibility to be president. [NY Daily News]

*The Supreme Court, facing the prospect of an extended stretch with an eight-member bench, is “working really hard” to reach consensus and avoid deadlocks, Justice Elena Kagan said on Monday. [NY Times]

*A federal class action essentially asking whether Uber drivers should be classified as employees instead of contractors was dealt a major blow when a federal appeals court put the brakes on the closely watched lawsuit. [Ars Technica]

*The state Court of Appeals have cut ABC loose from a lawsuit brought by a woman who was stunned to see her husband featured on a medical documentary series just minutes before his death. The actions of filming and broadcasting the program without the patient’s consent “were not so extreme and outrageous as to support a cause of action by the patient’s family members for intentional infliction of emotional distress,” the 16-page decision states. [Times Union]

*New York State’s sweeping ban on smoking cigarettes in state parks was upheld last Thursday by the state’s highest court. The Court of Appeals ruled that the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation did not overstep its authority when it barred people from smoking cigarettes at its nearly 215 parks and historic sites. [Newsday]

*In what one bar association leader described as a “Pandora’s box” ruling, the New York Court of Appeals majority said that a parent who is not present can sometimes make an audio or video recording of a child’s conversation with others, on the theory of vicarious consent. [ABA Journal]

*In a last-minute effort to persuade a Brooklyn judge to throw out former NYPD Officer Peter Liang’s conviction, his attorneys filed a motion Tuesday claiming one of the jurors should not have been on the panel. [NY Daily News]