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An En Banc Panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Constitutionality of the CFPB

On October 11, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia consisting of Judges Henderson and Kavanaugh and Senior Circuit Judge Randolph decided the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial...more

District court stays proceedings pending outcome of English preliminary injunction appeal; English files opening appeal brief

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On January 30, 2018, the federal district court hearing Leandra English’s action seeking a declaration that she is the lawful Acting CFPB Director granted the parties joint motion to stay further proceedings pending a...more

2017-18 Supreme Court Update

In the 2017-18 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a number of potentially significant disputes relevant to businesses, including those involving constitutional protections, class actions and other corporate liability...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Lucia Case – Will Decide Whether SEC Administrative Law Judges are Subject to Appointments Clause

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to consider a case from the D.C. Circuit which may call into question the legitimacy of past rulings made by numerous administrative law judges (ALJ) across the federal government. The...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Judge Hiring Process

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a longstanding controversy regarding the validity of the appointment process for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs). The decision will impact the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Administrative Proceedings in Peril? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Lucia v. SEC

• On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. SEC, to resolve a circuit split over whether the SEC’s administrative law judges serve in violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. •...more

English files emergency motion for expedited appeal

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Leandra English has filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit requesting expedited briefing and oral argument in her appeal from the district court’s denial of her preliminary injunction...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

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On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Lucia’s Challenge to Appointment of SEC ALJs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Lucia case in which Raymond J. Lucia is challenging how the SEC appoints administrative law judges (“ALJs”)....more

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

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On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

CFPB Leadership Dispute: Impacts and Next Steps – An Update

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On January 10, 2018, a federal judge denied Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) Deputy Director Leandra English's motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent (1) Mick Mulvaney from serving as CFPB Acting...more

SEC Venue Selection: Avoiding Ground-Hog Day

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The Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the SEC’s use of hearing officers is contrary to the Constitution’s Appointments Clause in an order entered in Raymond J. Lucia Companies v. SEC, No. 17-130 on Friday, January 12,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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More trouble for the embattled British PM Theresa May. We learned yesterday that Britain’s second-largest construction firm—Carillion—was forced into liquidation after amassing a staggering $1.35 billion in debt. The downfall...more

English files response to DOJ opposition to preliminary injunction motion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Leandra English filed a response to the DOJ’s opposition to her motion for a preliminary injunction in her action seeking a declaration that she, rather than Mick Mulvaney, has the legal right to serve as CFPB Acting...more

DOJ files opposition to English’s preliminary injunction motion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The DOJ has filed its opposition to Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction in her action seeking a declaration that she, rather than Mick Mulvaney, has the legal right to serve as CFPB Acting Director....more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

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The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

In Reversal, SEC Agrees That Its Administrative Law Judges Are Inferior Officers That Require Commission Appointment, But Still...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, urging the Court to grant certiorari and resolve a circuit...more

SEC Reverses Course on ALJ Appointments Issue, but Uncertainty Remains

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) took action to settle an issue that had been impacting its enforcement efforts for some time: whether its administrative law...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission entered an order formally appointing its ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. In entering the order the agency moved to end the debate over the application of the clause regarding its ALJs. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

Supreme Court Likely To Decide Whether To Hear SEC ALJ Issue This Term

As the U.S. Supreme Court commenced a new term last week, one issue of substantial interest to many readers of this blog is whether the Court will address the constitutionality of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s use of...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

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Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

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