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Author: Oliver Dunford

February 27, 2020

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Seila Law v. CFPB. At its core, the case deals with the structure of an administrative government agency. But the Court's decision in Seila Law either will prevent unaccountable government agencies from controlling major aspects of our economy, or will open the door for more bureaucratic ...

February 25, 2020

This regulation could put every small vape manufacturer in the U.S. out of business by May 12

In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Tobacco Control Act, which put new regulations on all tobacco products sold in the U.S. Then, through bureaucratic sleight of hand, the Food and Drug Administration declared that all vaping products—even though they contain zero tobacco—would be regulated as if they were tobacco products. This regula ...

February 19, 2020

The Hill: Ending racial quotas in Hartford’s magnet schools is a big step for equality

After years of failing to "win" a spot in Hartford, Conn.'s magnet-school lottery system, black and Hispanic families such as LaShawn Robinson's discovered the admissions process was rigged against them. The so-called "interdistrict" magnet schools in and around Hartford were required by state law to enforce racial quotas, and magnet schools that f ...

November 01, 2019

California Lawyer: How the high court may rule in Seila Law — and why

The Supreme Court should prevent further erosion of the lines drawn by the Constitution and strike down the CFPB’s for-cause removal protection at issue. The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an important separation-of-powers case involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Seila Law LLC v. CFPB, 19-7. Congress created the CF ...

October 21, 2019

The Hill: Supreme Court will take on ‘fourth branch’ of bureaucracies

As every schoolchild knows, the federal government is divided into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. This separation of powers was designed to ensure that government does not become oppressive. As James Madison put it, combining these powers into one branch would be "the very definition of tyranny." Unfortunately, the three branches ...

September 25, 2019

The Hill: Supreme Court should further affirm importance of property rights

Dartmond and Esther Cherk owned three acres of residentially-zoned investment property in Marin County, Calif. They wanted to divide the property into two lots, sell one and use the proceeds to build a retirement home on the other. Easy, right? Far from it. After nearly 20 years of back-and-forth with Marin County to determine how ...

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