Weekly News Update

weekly-news *Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a Friday deadline to decide whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals. The governor must choose between renominating a popular sitting judge who was appointed by a Republican or elevating a newcomer who could help Cuomo put his own stamp on the state’s most important judicial institution. [Capital New York]

*Most bloggers start a blog because they want people to come to their site, subscribe to their email newsletter, and eventually buy their products. The content soon reflects these motives and the blog is dull, boring, and uninspired. In the end, the blog shrivels up and dies. Blogging for profit is doing things the wrong way around. [Lawyerist]

*One might assume that after 21 years of litigation, all the sordid details surrounding the epic Chevron oil pollution case had been made public. Not so. A three-judge federal appeals court panel, ruled unanimously that plaintiffs’ lawyers accused of fraud against the oil company must reveal the contents of documents that had been confidential and could hold new information about wrongdoing. [Businessweek]

*The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed that male and female attorneys working at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were paid unequally, but failed to analyze their different job duties, says an appeals court, in upholding dismissal of the agency’s lawsuit. [BusinessInsurance.com]

*Mayor de Blasio is expected to sign an executive order to expand the living wage law, a move he promised to make months ago. The law covers thousands of previously exempt employers and raises the hourly wage itself. [NY Times]

*A New York lawyer stole $9 million from a Texas company so he could buy comic books and sports memorabilia — including a first-edition Batman worth $900,000 and a baseball helmet signed by Pete Rose, according to court papers and reports. [New York Post]

*Facebook won permission from a New York state court to proceed with an appeal challenging subpoenas for user information from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in connection with a disability-fraud probe. [Bloomberg News]

*New York’s first year implementing the Affordable Care Act was a success by almost every measure. The state enrolled roughly a million people either in private health insurance plans or through Medicaid, putting it near the top of the nation in most enrollment categories. But one area in which the state fell short, by its own admission, was in immigrant communities, where health insurance rates have historically been lower. [Capital New York]