Weekly News Update


*A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that an elderly Manhattan woman’s rent-stabilized lease could not be seized and sold to satisfy her creditors after she filed for bankruptcy, a decision that could affect more than 2 million New Yorkers. [Reuters]

*The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Obama’s health care law in a case that could end subsidies for 9 million Americans. [New York Post]

*Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday because of concerns about the drug to be used in the lethal injection. [WKRN.com]

*Newly proposed legislation would make it a felony in NY to film patients receiving medical treatment without consent. State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein filed the bill last month in response to a story that detailed how NY Med aired the final moments of Mark Chanko’s life while he was being treated at New York-Presybterian Hospital without consent. [Pro Publica]

*On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially added two holidays to the public school calendar — Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha — making New York the largest city to close schools on Islam’s two holiest days. [The Week]

*While many legal observers will be analyzing the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell, they should also be closely scrutinizing the Court’s oral arguments the day before, on Tuesday, March 3, in another case, City of Los Angeles v. Patel. The Court’s ruling in Patel could impact how police officers track down criminals in cities across the nation. [Forbes]

*The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to a trade group challenging a Colorado law seeking to aid state authorities in the collection of sales taxes on out-of-state purchases made online. [NY Times]

*A New York appeals court unanimously approved the Countrywide trustee’s proposed $8.5 billion rep and warranty settlement in its entirety on Thursday. [Housing Wire]