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Vermont Right to Life, Inc. v. Sorrell: Independence Required

Since the Supreme Court found in Citizens United that “the absence of prearrangement and coordination . . .alleviates the danger that expenditures will be given as a quid pro quo for improper commitments from the candidate” –...more

The Law of Unintended Consequences?

Shortly after the indictment of Rod Blagojevich, Illinois legislators passed a number of campaign finance reform measures, including contribution limits for the first time in the state’s history and limits on independent...more

D.C. federal court dismisses Morgan Drexen lawsuit against CFPB

A Washington, D.C. federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Morgan Drexen against the CFPB that alleged the Bureau’s structure was unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s separation of powers....more

D.C. federal court issues decision on FOIA requests to CFPB

Although the controversy over the validity of Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director effectively ended with his confirmation by the Senate this past July, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for...more

First Thoughts: Live-(Nearly)-Blogging the Oral Argument in Kanerva

This morning, a seemingly skeptical Illinois Supreme Court appeared ready to side with the State in a dispute over 2012 amendments to the State Employee Group Insurance Act. Several Justices peppered the two attorneys...more

CFPB moves to dismiss Morgan Drexen’s D.C. lawsuit; Morgan Drexen moves to enjoin CFPB’s CA action

In response to the motion for summary judgment filed by Morgan Drexen in its Washington, D.C. lawsuit against the CFPB, the CFPB has filed a motion to dismiss. After it was sued by Morgan Drexen, the CFPB filed an enforcement...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Sandbagging of a Federal District Judge  [Video]

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Clergy abuse victims may be going after a district judge on undisclosed grounds for recusal in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

D.C. federal court grants CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

Yesterday, the CFPB’s motion to dismiss was granted in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that included a challenge to President...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Could Mean Little for Creditors [Video]

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- How Detroit is dramatically different from any other municipal bankruptcy is the first topic of discussion on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill...more

Court set to rule on CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

It looks like the court is finally set to rule on the CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case still pending in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that...more

California Court Denies Defendant's Challenge to CFPB Enforcement Authority

A California district court judge has denied a defendant's challenge to the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to bring a civil enforcement action against the defendant in federal court. Judge Percy...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Supreme Court Cases Will Have Wide Impact [Video]

June 27 (Bloomberg) -- The two bankruptcy cases going before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term beginning in October are the first topics of conversation on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News...more

House Committee Refuses To Allow CFPB Director To Appear

On April 22, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sent letters to CFPB Director Richard Cordray and CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs stating that the House Financial Services Committee cannot...more

School Districts Cannot Spend Bond Money on Projects Not Disclosed to Voters - School Bonds with 55 Percent Vote Threshold Must...

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently upheld a challenge to a school district’s spending voter-approved bond proceeds for field lighting at a high school stadium because the ballot proposition did not specifically list...more

Obama Administration Seeks Supreme Court Review Of Recess Appointment Decision

On April 25, the DOJ and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a petition seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit Court’s January 25, 2013 decision invalidating the appointment of three NLRB members....more

DOJ fights back on recess appointments in Third Circuit

Recently the Department of Justice filed a letter brief in a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the hopes of dissuading that court from following the D.C. Circuit’s recent Recess Appointments...more

CFPB files another motion to dismiss in D.C. case challenging Cordray appointment

Because it includes a challenge to Director Cordray’s appointment, we continue to follow the case filed this past June in federal court in Washington, D.C. by State National Bank of Big Spring against the CFPB, the Department...more

Will New U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision On ‘Recess Appointments’ Stay Dodd-Frank Powers Granted To CFPB And Vacate Certain...

Holding that recess appointments authorized by the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution are limited to “intersession recesses” – “the period between sessions of the Senate when the Senate is by definition not...more

Defendants In CFPB Enforcement Action Renew Challenge To Validity Of Director’s Appointment

On February 11, a law firm and related parties sued by the CFPB for allegedly deceiving consumers through a network of mortgage loan modification businesses filed a brief in which they renewed a challenge to the CFPB...more

SCOTUS Considers Petitions in Two Campaign Finance Law Cases

Today, during its conference, the Supreme Court will consider whether to issue certiorari on two campaign finance cases: Danielczyk v. United States and McCutcheon v FEC....more

Will The Debt Ceiling Standoff End Up In Court? [Video]

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bob Rice, Managing Partner at Tangent Capital Partners and a former federal prosecutor, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the potential for the debt ceiling fight to end up in the court...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Surprises For AMR, MF Global Creditors [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Surprises about the financial condition of MF Global Holdings Ltd. and AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines Inc., make up the first topic for discussion in the newest video by Bloomberg Law's Lee...more

Grassley: HSBC Should Face Criminal Charges [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- United States Senator Charles Grassley (R - Iowa) and Bloomberg Contributing Editor Neil Barofsky talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about HSBC's recent settlement with US authorities over claims...more

Legislation to fix CFPB privilege waiver problem passes Congress

The U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, has passed a bill previously approved by the House of Representatives (H.R. 4014) that amends the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide protection against waiver of the...more

Special Alert: Congress Passes Bill Extending Privilege Waiver Protections To CFPB

Yesterday, the Senate passed H.R. 4014, an important bill that clarifies that privileged materials produced to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) retain their privileged character as to third parties. Because the...more

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