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Appointed AG more immune to politics

By statute and practice, the New Jersey attorney general serves as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. The AG’s diverse and complex responsibilities include protecting lives and property through statewide law...more

McSweeny Confirmed to Fill Vacancy at FTC

The Federal Trade Commissions will soon be back to having a full complement of five commissioners. Today, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 95 to 1, confirmed Terrell McSweeny to fill a vacancy at the agency created by the...more

FHFA Appoints New Chairman of Fannie Mae Board of Directors

On February 25, FHFA announced that Philip A. Laskawy will step down from the chairmanship of Fannie Mae effective March 31, 2014, and will be succeeded by the current board member Egbert L. J. Perry....more

UK Information Commissioner Reappointed

Christopher Graham, the UK Informaton Commissioner, has been reappointed for another two years. This follows from the end of his current term on 28 June 2014. It means he will have served 7 years in total. How time flies! The...more

N.Y. Attorney General Announces Newly Formed Financial Crimes Bureau, Appoints Its New Chief

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced the establishment of a new Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and the appointment of a veteran financial crimes prosecutor, Gary Fishman, as its...more

EPA Announces Regional Administrator For Region 4 Office In Atlanta

On January 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Heather McTeer Toney has been appointed by President Obama as regional administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. ...more

Senate Confirms National Labor Relations Board Nomination of Richard Griffin as General Counsel

On October 29, 2013, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. to the position of general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board). Since Republicans had been...more

Pro-Union Attorney to Head NLRB

The U.S. Senate has confirmed union lawyer Richard Griffin to serve as general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”)....more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman - Last Wednesday, October 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an expected Senate vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to become the next...more

New ITC Commissioner Sworn In

Commissioner Kieff will work to determine the effects of U.S. intellectual property rights violations on U.S. industry. On October 18, after nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate in...more

Furloughed NLRB Employees Return to Work — Will GC Nominee Griffin be Next?

On the same day that furloughed federal government employees are returning to work, it is being reported that a roll call vote will be scheduled in the Senate to invoke cloture (i.e., end debate) on the nomination of Richard...more

President Obama Nominates Federal Reserve Chair

On October 9, President Obama nominated Janet Yellen, currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, to serve as Chairman of the Board. President Obama framed the nomination as “one of the most...more

Private Fund Update - October 14, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) - Managed Fund Association (MFA) -...more

Who's Who in the CFPB: Key Players in the New Agency

Richard Cordray became the first Director of the CFPB over the summer when President Obama named him to the post through a controversial recess appointment. This came after the Senate blocked Cordray's nomination in 2011....more

Capital Thinking - Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, September 10: The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Ms. Wanda Felton to be First Vice President of the Export-Import...more

CFPB Names Deputy Director

Today, the CFPB announced that Steve Antonakes, who has been serving as acting Deputy Director of the CFPB since Raj Date stepped down earlier this year, agreed to accept the position on a permanent basis. Mr. Antonakes,...more

The NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule and the DOL’s “Persuader” Rule: Back in the Spotlight with NLRB and Labor Appointments

Recently, the Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor and all five of President Obama’s nominees to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”)....more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 8-30-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a regular update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Eloise Vitelli Takes her Seat as Maine’s Newest State Senator - On August...more

Legal Alert: Federal Court Finds NLRB Acting General Counsel Solomon's Appointment Invalid

A federal trial court in Washington state has held that the President violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (5 U.S.C. § 3345, et. seq.) when he appointed Lafe Solomon as Acting General Counsel for the National Labor...more

CFPB Announces New Leadership Positions

Today, the CFPB announced four individuals to serve in new leadership roles at the Bureau: Cheryl Parker Rose will serve as Assistant Director for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which is responsible for...more

Federal District Court First to Rule “Acting” General Counsel Lafe Solomon’s Appointment Invalid

In a decision that is likely to generate numerous questions and perhaps some confusion, a federal district court judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order on August 13 that found...more

Ever Wonder Who’s In Charge At The Department Of Business Oversight?

I’m still adjusting to the fact that the Departments of Corporations and Financial Institutions have merged or morphed into the totalitarian sounding Department of Business Oversight. See DOC and DFI – RIP. Like each of its...more

Senate Confirms President Obama's NLRB Nominees, But This Development Is Unlikely To Render Noel Canning Moot

As part of a deal to avoid changes to its filibuster rules, the Senate last week confirmed President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Back in Business: The NLRB Is Once Again a Party of Five

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Senate voted to confirm all five of President Obama’s nominees to the NLRB to avoid a major showdown over Senate procedural rules regarding approval of executive appointments....more

Bill Baer Announces First Major Policy Shift And Provides 2013 Antitrust Division Update

Bill Baer assumed his post as leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in January of this year and is starting to make his mark....more

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