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Ground Zero after September 11 attacks (credit: Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Restored As Defendant In 9/11 Lawsuits

A federal appeals court reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant Thursday in lawsuits claiming it had provided support to al-Qaida prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

12/19/2013

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Court Rules Negligence Didn’t Cause World Trade Center 7 To Fall On 9/11

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said it was “simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of September 11, 2001.”

12/04/2013

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy rally on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Court Rejects City’s Appeal To Get Stop-And-Frisk Ruling Tossed

The city had argued that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to remove federal Judge Shira Scheindlin meant it should also nullify her rulings.

11/22/2013

Art vendor displays pictures to a tourist. (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Court Upholds Limit On Number Of Art Vendors In City Parks

The city said the parks had become too crowded. But the lawsuit argued that greenmarket and holiday commercial vendors create more congestion in the parks than the artists.

09/25/2013

Plan B (file / credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Court Rules Some Emergency Contraception To Be Available Without Restrictions

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Wednesday. The court said it would allow two-pill versions of emergency contraception to be sold without restrictions while it decides the merits of the federal government’s appeal of a lower-court ruling.

06/05/2013

Then Connecticut Gov. John Rowland (file / credit: Bob Falcetti/Getty Images)

Federal Court Rules Against Rowland Administration Layoffs

A federal appeals court says former Gov. John Rowland’s administration violated state employees’ constitutional rights when it laid off 2,800 workers based on their union membership in 2003.

06/03/2013

Osama bin Laden

Bin Laden Construction Company Spared From 9/11 Lawsuits

A New York appeals court has ruled that a construction company started by Osama bin Laden’s father cannot be held liable for the Sept. 11 attacks.

04/16/2013

Separation of church and state

Appeals Court Leaning Toward Reversing Ruling Allowing For Worship In NYC Schools

No ruling has been issued, but a federal appeals panel signaled Monday that it was leaning toward reversing a decision by a lower court that allowed for after-hours worship services in New York City public schools.

11/19/2012

Joseph Bruno (file / credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Tosses Conviction Against Former NY Senate Leader Joseph Bruno

He was convicted in 2009 of denying taxpayers honest services by concealing a deal with a business associate who paid him as a consultant.

11/16/2011

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik was sentenced to 48 months in prison for tax fraud, lying to the White House and other felonies. (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bernard Kerik’s 4-Year Prison Sentence Upheld

Bernard Kerik was treated fairly by a judge who gave him a year longer in prison than the three-year term called for by federal sentencing guidelines, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

03/31/2011

Court Objects To NY Judge’s Child-Porn Gene Theory

A court removed Judge Gary Sharpe from the resentencing of a man in a child pornography case, saying he was wrong to let his theory that a gene causes child porn consumption to affect his sentencing decisions.

01/28/2011

New York City Loses Tax War Against Foreign Nations

India and other nations with diplomatic housing do not have to pay city property taxes, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a long-running dispute that once reached the Supreme Court.

08/17/2010