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WINNERS

JOSEPH HAYDEN, BILLY MARTIN

A Somerset County jury acquits former NBA star Jayson Williams of aggravated manslaughter, can’t reach a verdict on reckless manslaughter and convicts him only of trying to cover up the death.

FEN-PHEN USERS

A Texas jury awards $1 billon to the family of a woman who took Wyeth’s diet drugs. That’s got to make the Madison drug maker friendlier to settlement.

RACETRACKS

The N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority approves an $86 million casino-funded bailout to troubled tracks in return for a four-year delay in installing video slot machines that would compete with casinos.

LOSERS

DRUNKEN DRIVERS

A new law on penalties for refusing to submit to a breath test makes it clear that those convicted would lose their licenses for seven to 12 months.

PET OWNERS

A state appeals court rules that a plaintiff cannot be awarded damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress resulting from witnessing the killing of a pet – in this case by another dog.

SECRETIVE OFFICIALS

A private nonprofit picked by a town to develop town-donated property is a public body under the Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Act, a state appeals court rules.

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