Nightly Brief

     
Top CNS stories for today including the Third Circuit’s decision to keep a secret list of so-called unindicted co-conspirators in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal under wraps, the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold Uber’s arbitration clauses, legal experts defending the Obama Administration’s $1.7 billion payment to Iran, and more.
     
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     1.) Secret List of Bridgegate Cronies Bathed in Third Circuit Darkness
     Keeping a secret list of so-called unindicted co-conspirators in New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal under wraps, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday against more than a dozen media outfits.
     
     2.) 9th Circuit Finds Uber’s Arbitration Clauses Valid
     In a major blow to thousands of Uber drivers suing to be treated like employees, the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday largely upheld the ride-hailing giant’s 2013 and 2014 arbitration agreements.
     
     3.) No Protection for Inland Grayling Salmon
     Inland Arctic grayling, a freshwater salmon, won’t be protected as an endangered species, a federal judge ruled, rebuffing a lawsuit from environmentalists.
     
     4.) Legal Experts Defend Big US Payment to Iran
     The Obama administration’s $1.7 billion payment to Iran earlier this year was legal, experts told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday.
     
     5.) High Court Blocks Subpoena Over Sex Ads
     The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how Backpage.com screens for possible sex trafficking in classifieds advertising.
     
     6.) Judge Orders Sweeping Changes for CT Schools
     Reading his 90-page ruling aloud to the court, a judge spent hours Wednesday slamming Connecticut for “defaulting on its constitutional duty to provide adequate public school opportunities.”
     
     7.) 9th Circ. Says Feds Must Drop Mistaken Wiretaps
     A divided Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that investigators have to stop listening to a wiretapped phone call as soon as they realize that the call does not involve their particular investigation.
     
     8.) Appeal Puts Doubled Fee Award in Sight of Lawyers
     The Ninth Circuit blasted a federal judge Tuesday for stiffing a military-law group on half the fees it wanted after winning its government-records suit.
     

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