Weekly News Update


*The Supreme Court last Friday agreed to hear its first major abortion case since 2007, one that has the potential to affect millions of women and to revise the constitutional principles governing abortion rights. [NY Times]

*Daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel have asked a New York state court for a temporary restraining order to block New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s efforts to shut them down. [CBS News]

*A federal appeals court on Friday will consider whether District officials can continue to enforce strict laws for carrying concealed firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital. At issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a provision of the city’s gun-control laws that requires a person to state a “good reason” to obtain a concealed carry permit from the police. [Washington Post]

*The heirs of a Jewish Cabaret performer who was murdered by the Nazis in 1941 persuaded a Manhattan judge Tuesday to block the sale and transport of two Egon Schiele paintings that were part of his extensive collection. [NY Daily News]

*Kathleen M. Sweet, a widely respected civil litigator and former Erie County Bar Association president, began a journey Tuesday toward possibly making local history by becoming Buffalo’s first female U.S. district judge, but her chances of donning a black robe anytime soon may be hampered by election year politics and partisan gridlock out of her control. [Buffalo News]

*It’s a situation that’s becoming all too common — and one in which the law is still grappling with modern technology. A couple, facing fertility problems or other health issues, decides to create frozen embryos for future use. Then, the couple splits, leaving the fate of the embryos in dispute. [Washington Post]

*As the district attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. enjoys the spotlight of being a top prosecutor in the nation’s financial capital. Yet the spotlight has lately been harsher in the wake of several setbacks in white-collar trials, including the mistrial last month in the criminal case against three former executives at the once-mighty law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. [NY Times]