Weekly News Update


*A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. [NY Times]

*A former Goldman Sachs programmer has been convicted for the second time in four years on charges that he misused his former employer’s code, adding a new chapter to an already bizarre and controversial case. [WIRED]

*New York State, beginning next year, is relinquishing the state component of the bar exam. The state will eliminate the New York portion of the exam and replace it with the Uniform Bar Exam, a test already adopted by 15 states. [Bloomberg]

*Manny Pacquiao may still be facing the fight of his life, only this time it could be in a courtroom. The day before his championship fight with Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao and his “adviser,” Michael Koncz, signed a pre-fight medical questionnaire swearing that the boxer did not have an injury to his shoulder that needed evaluation or examination. [NY Daily News]

*Twenty-two state legislators have filed a brief with the state’s highest court supporting assemblywoman Deborah Glick’s suit opposing New York University’s expansion. The amici curiae brief opposes an appellate department decision that found, against Glick, that gardens on vacant lands are not technically parks. [Capital New York]

*A top New York City attorney known for his defense of crime bosses and politicians has taken over the defense of Dr. Robert Neulander. Gerald L. Shargel, a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, has replaced local lawyer Edward Z. Menkin as the doctor’s lead defense counsel, a court official confirmed. [Syracuse.com]

*The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Barclays to claim about $4 billion of disputed assets as part of its hurried purchase of much of Lehman Brothers Holdings brokerage unit at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. [Reuters]