Weekly News Update


*It was made quite apparent Thursday, when a federal judge threw out a four-game suspension Roger Goodell assessed against the league’s biggest star, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, that the NFL commissioner continues to stumble in policing America’s most popular sport and making the tough calls stick. [NY Times]

*Alex Rodriguez won’t battle the law firm suing him over his unpaid Biogenesis legal bills in secret. New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen A. Rakower denied a request from the Yankees’ steroid-stained star for a protective order blocking public disclosure of evidence gathered during discovery in the case. [NY Daily News]

*An animal rights group seeking legal personhood for chimpanzees will not be getting a hearing in the highest court in New York State. The Court of Appeals, without comment Tuesday, declined to hear the appeals by The Nonhuman Rights Project on behalf of Kiko and Tommy. [CBS New York]

*A federal judge in San Francisco has granted Uber drivers class-action status in a lawsuit that claims the ride-hailing service treats drivers like employees without offering benefits, and avoiding costs associated with payroll taxes. The ruling, late Tuesday, sets the stage for a legal showdown that could have wide-ranging effects for Uber’s business model. [CNBC]

*A meddling couple dragged out their son’s divorce case for five years because they were determined to keep ties to their 8-year-old granddaughter. And their butting in was so over the top that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gesmer hit their lawyers with a $317,000 fine for allowing the grandparents to prolong what should have been a cut-and-dried case after their son, Michael, said he had no interest in fighting for custody of his child. [New York Post]

*A homeless woman and a couple with two children are suing the owners of Spring Creek Towers in Brooklyn for refusing to let them rent apartments that would be paid for in part by the city’s new housing subsidy program for the poor. [NY Daily News]