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Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

U.S. Supreme Court is Weighing the Merits of U.S. vs. Texas The Legality of President Obama’s Executive Action Granting Deferred...

In November of 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson issued new policies based upon President Obama’s Executive Order allowing certain undocumented individuals who entered the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010, to...more

Stay in your Lane: Three Recent, Significant Rulings Enforce State and Federal Separation of Powers

Builders and contractors may be interested to learn that, in the past few days, the Supreme Courts of Texas capitoland Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit have issued significant rulings addressing the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in McDonnell Public Corruption Case

Last week, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer framed the overarching issues facing the Court during oral argument in United States v. McDonnell this way: “One, political figures will not know what...more

Is the CFPB Constitutional?

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) constitutional? A panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the issue after hearing oral argument in PHH Corporation v. CFPB....more

Supreme Court Decides Bank Markazi v. Peterson

On April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Bank Markazi v. Peterson, No. 14-770, holding that Congress did not unconstitutionally infringe on the role of the judiciary when it passed the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Important Immigration Case, United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The case concerns a program that President Obama announced...more

D.C. Circuit Appears Poised to Overturn First CFPB Enforcement Action to Reach the Court: Five Key Takeaways From Yesterday’s Oral...

Major financial firms almost never litigate with their regulators. As a result, regulators often take aggressive enforcement positions with little fear of judicial scrutiny. That’s been especially true for the Consumer...more

D.C. Circuit Judge Expresses Concern That CFPB Concentrates “Huge Power” in Single Director

Yesterday’s oral argument in the CFPB v. PHH Corporation appeal included sharp questioning about the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure, which the parties agreed...more

Constitutionality of CFPB structure at issue in D.C. Circuit oral argument

The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was front and center at this past Tuesday’s oral argument in PHH Corporation et al. v. CFPB before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The case involves PHH’s appeal...more

New insights on the regime of the agreed termination

In France, after the signature of the agreed termination form between the employer and the employee, the parties have 15 calendar days to withdraw their consent. At the expiry of this cooling-off period, the employer or the...more

Commentary on CCJEF v. Rell: An Important New Chapter in the Saga of School Funding in Connecticut

Earlier this month, trial court proceedings started in the landmark case, Connecticut Coalition on Justice in Education Funding v. Rell. The plaintiffs, several students in various towns and a coalition of towns, filed suit...more

"2015-16 Supreme Court Update"

In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to address a range of disputes relevant to businesses. These include significant constitutional issues, class action practice and other procedural matters, and...more

Why Courts Should Give The Legislature The Benefit Of The Doubt

Like many others, I’m a huge fan of Justice William W. Bedsworth’s column, “A Criminal Waste of Space”.  Today’s post was inspired by Justice Bedsworth’s most recent column bemoaning the misplaced instinct of lawyers in their...more

U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339. As our loyal blog readers know, this is a case that corporate counsel need to follow closely in light of the stakes for the...more

Court Crushes Constitutional Challenge To Independent Medical Review

In Frances Stevens v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Outspoken Enterprises, Case: A143043 1st District, Division 1, the California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of California Labor Code Section 4610.6...more

ELL SCOTUS SERIES: # 2 – Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

In the second periodic installment of the Employment Law Lookout Blog Team’s analysis of employment law (and related) case being heard by the United States Supreme Court this term, read on for our take on Spokeo Inv. v....more

“Raging Bull” and the Patent Act: Laches Still Available in Patent Cases - SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit convened an en banc panel to examine the Supreme Court’s “Raging Bull” decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. in the context of deciding whether laches remains a...more

Court Rules Directors Are Agents

Last August, I wrote that Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero would soon be deciding whether a director might be an agent of the corporation.  See Court Poised To Decide Whether Directors Are Agents.  The case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad...more

Supreme Court Update: Maryland V. Kulbicki (14-848) And Order List

… und willkommen zurück! Oktober Term 2015 kicks off today with argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs (13-1067), a case which explores the contours of the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign...more

Reply Brief filed in Spokeo v. Robins – Oral Argument next on Nov. 2

In its reply brief in Spokeo v. Robins, petitioner Spokeo comes out of the gate with the consequential argument that for Robins to prevail, the Supreme Court must accept his position that every violation of a statutory right...more

D.C. Circuit Joins Seventh Circuit in Rejecting Court Challenges to Pending SEC Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held today that federal District Courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to entertain challenges to ongoing SEC administrative enforcement proceedings. A...more

Response from Robins in the Spokeo Case at the U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the respondent in Spokeo v. Robins filed his merits brief. The main thrust of the brief challenges Spokeo’s assertion that Robins lacks standing without “real-world” injury. Instead Robins argues that he meets the...more

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge...more

Former Abu Ghraib Detainees Appeal Political Question Dismissal of Suit Against War-Zone Contractor

Iraqi citizens who claim that they were abused by civilian government contractor employees who helped the US military interrogate detainees at Abu Ghraib prison following the US invasion in 2003 are appealing a federal...more

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