Weekly News Update


*Lawyers for two New York residents seeking to throw Ted Cruz off next month’s presidential primary ballot in the state urged an Appeals Court panel on Wednesday to consider whether the U.S. senator from Texas is eligible given his Canadian birth. [Reuters]

*Professional mixed martial arts is poised to become a legal activity in New York after lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that would lift a nearly two-decade old ban on the combat sport in the state. [TIME]

*The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Samsung’s appeal of a Federal Circuit Court ruling in the company’s patent infringement dispute with Apple. At issue in the case: What portion of the profits is a design-patent infringer liable to pay? [NPR]

*Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland on Friday urged a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction on charges that the Republican tried to use sham contracts to hide his political work in two U.S. congressional campaigns, saying prosecutors went too far in applying the law. [Reuters]

*Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services will have to refund an insurance company for more than $700,000 it doled out to a gallery client after an entire art collection stored at their facility was decimated by Hurricane Sandy, an appeals court decided last Thursday. [New York Post]

*The makers of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight” have acknowledged that they fictionalized dialogue attributed to Jack Dunn, a trustee of Boston College High School, who was portrayed in the film as being part of the cover-up of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. Mr. Dunn had threatened legal action if the film’s distributor did not remove the scene in which Gary Galone played him. [NY Times]

*Kesha has filed an appeal after losing an injunction against Dr. Luke last month that requested she be freed from her contract with his label. Her lawyers submitted paperwork to the New York appellate court on Monday requesting that Justice Shirley Kornreich’s decision be overturned and that her contract be terminated. [Vulture]