Weekly News Update


*California will be able to keep its teacher tenure and seniority laws, at least for now, because they’re constitutional. That’s what a California appellate court said in its ruling last Thursday, overturning a lower court’s decision in the case Vergara vs. California. [LA Times]

*The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District upheld the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement in a 69-page opinion that came almost a year after a federal judge approved the deal struck between the league and thousands of players who filed a class action suit over pro football’s effect on their brains. [NY Daily News]

*The USSC on Monday seemed sharply divided during an extended argument over a challenge to President Obama’s plan that would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the country legally. [NY Times]

*Though some may get out next year, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of five former employees of Bernard Madoff’s firm who prosecutors said helped their boss conceal his multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme for years. [Fortune]

*Weeks after a new North Carolina law put transgender bathroom access at the heart of the nation’s culture wars, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in favor of a transgender student who was born female and wishes to use the boys’ restroom at his rural Virginia high school. [NY Times]

*Gov. Christie plans to nominate former federal prosecutor Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court, a move that could end a years-long stalemate by filling the court’s last vacant seat with a Democrat. [Philly.com]

*The USSC on Wednesday ruled that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran. [Reuters]