Weekly News Update


*The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation. [CBS News]

*In a setback for the legalization of assisted suicide in New York, a state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that doctors who provide aid-in-dying to terminally ill patients can be prosecuted under state penal law. [Reuters]

*A Hamburg woman who contested a DWI charge, saying her body became a brewery when she ate certain foods and liquids, has succeeded in getting the charge dropped. [Buffalo News]

*The Third Department has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a suit brought in 2013 by the powerful New York State United Teachers union against the 2011 law that created the state’s flexible 2 percent tax cap — a mechanism that NYSUT and other plaintiffs claimed was unconstitutional and damaging to the public education system. [Times Union]

*The legal profession’s gatekeepers engaged in a fierce debate this week after an Arizona law school began accepting applicants who had taken only the more general GRE graduate admissions exam instead of the traditional Law School Admissions Test. [NY Times]

*Have you texted someone today who could have been driving? Could that message have distracted them them long enough to make them careen into a minivan? And, if so, could you be criminally charged? Three recent legal developments may make it a lot easier for law enforcement to send you to jail for cell phone-related car crashes—even if you’re not the one driving. [Vocativ]

*Last year, claims against the NYPD cost taxpayers a record $202.6 million in jury awards and settlements. Now, the city is focusing more resources to fight such claims in court. [New York Post]