Weekly News Update


*The New York State Court of Appeals agreed to hear the development team’s appeal of a lower court’s decision that halted the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project, which includes a shopping mall, 23 acres of housing and a movie theater, Crain’s reported. [The Real Deal]

*A day after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s conviction, legal experts stated that appeals are likely to focus in part on the government’s aggressive use of “honest services fraud” charges in public corruption cases — the same issue ex-Senate leader Joe Bruno used to erase his corruption conviction. [Newsday]

*Judges in New York would get a hefty pay raise under a plan being pushed by state court officials. The plan outlined Monday by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks would give state Supreme Court judges the same salaries as their federal counterparts. [NY Daily News]

*The National Restaurant Association plans to file a lawsuit against New York City’s health department over its requirement that chain restaurants post warning labels on foods that contain more than the recommended daily limit for sodium. [Capital New York]

*In November, US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled TVEyes could not allow its clients—like the White House, American Red Cross, members of Congress, and others—to download Fox News clips. On Monday, TVEyes and Fox News temporarily set aside their differences and agreed to allow the appellate courts to review Hellerstein’s decisions. [Ars Technica]

*It seems like the kind of case Sherri Shepherd and her co-hosts on The View might have discussed on the air…A recent ruling of an appellate court in Pennsylvania found that Shepherd is the legal mother of a child born via surrogate—a result she fought hard to avoid. [Justia]

*A South African appeals court on Thursday convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death in 2013. [NY Daily News]