Weekly News Update

weekly-news *News came that some corporations have religious rights, a deeply divided Supreme Court decided in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. [CNN]

*Town officials in New York say they hope a ruling by the state’s top court will inspire cities elsewhere in the country to resist efforts to use hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in their jurisdictions. [Nasdaq]

*Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to add another 25 family court judges in New York. The bill came after the state budget added 20 new family court judges, but the court system said they needed more to address the backlog of cases. [Poughkeepsie Journal]

*A New York appeals court named a retired jurist to look into allegations of misconduct that could oust the mayor of a once-popular resort village in the Catskills. [Courthouse News Service]

*The New York Court of Appeals, in a 5-2 ruling, held that the 2010 Albany County cyberbullying law prohibited a vast swath of speech “far beyond the cyberbullying of children,” in violation of the First Amendment. [Wall Street Journal]

*Financial disclosure statements show that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver earned $650,000 to $750,000 from Weitz & Luxenberg in 2013 — at least $200,000 more than the earnings of $350,000 to $450,000 he reported for 2012. [New York Daily News]

*It has recently been found that many workplace secrecy agreements violate federal whistleblower laws, which allow employees to collect reward money for reporting wrongdoing. [Washington Post]

*Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to be sued by one of his lawyers, David Cornwell, over unpaid legal fees. [CBS Sports