Weekly News Update


*A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed by human rights lawyers on behalf of thousands of Haitians killed or sickened by a cholera epidemic they blame on U.N. peacekeepers. [Reuters]

*A man accused of trying to defraud New Jerseyans in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has lost his appeal of a case brought against him by the state’s attorney general in 2012. [NJ.com]

*Ernst & Young LLP cannot require its employees to give up their rights to pursue work-related claims together, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, giving a major boost to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s campaign against so-called class action waivers. [Reuters]

*In 2002, the Supreme Court barred the execution of the intellectually disabled. But it gave states a lot of leeway to decide just who was, in the language of the day, “mentally retarded.” Texas took a creative approach, adopting what one judge there later called “the Lennie standard.” The Lennie in question is Lennie Small, the dim, hulking farmhand in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” [NY Times]

*A federal appellate panel has directed ad company Turn to respond to arguments by two New York residents who want to proceed in court with a privacy lawsuit against the company. The battle between the consumers and Turn dates to last year, when Anthony Henson and William Cintron alleged in a potential class-action that Turn used a controversial tracking method. [MediaPost]

*The Federal Communications Commission has until Sept. 12 to respond to petitions by broadband providers including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp., CenturyLink Inc. and others for a full federal appeals court review of a panel decision upholding the agency’s net neutrality rules. [Bloomberg]

*A U.S. appeals court refused on Monday to reconsider its decision to overturn a $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America Corp and a jury verdict finding it liable for mortgage fraud leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. [Reuters]