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The Policy and Practical Ramifications of Canning v. NLRB for the Executive Branch and the CFPB: "This Will Not Do."

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In January, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued its decision in the case of Noel Canning vs. National Labor Relations Board. The three judge panel unanimously held that the NLRB did not have the legal ability to issue rulings and orders because it lacked a duly appointed quorum of at least three members, three vacancies having been filled by what was determined to be improper “recess appointments.”  Thus, the scores of decisions and rules issued by the NLRB during the time its quorum consisted of unlawful recess appointees are subject to challenge. Moreover, the actions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are likewise subject to challenge since the CFPB’s Director, Richard Cordray was also a recess appointee when the Senate was not in recess.
The ramifications of the Canning decision remain unsettled. The Court’s majority opinion construed the Recess Appointments Clause to apply only when the vacancy to be filled occurred during an inter-session recess of the Senate. This interpretation is at odds with long-standing executive branch interpretation as well as Senate practice. Challenges to NLRB rulings are underway and the ripples from the Canning decision continue to spread. Mr. Cordray’s authority is being expressly challenged in collateral litigation in which Senate Republicans have joined. Moreover, the House Financial Services Committee has taken the position that the CFPB has no lawfully appointed Director and has informed Mr. Cordray that he will not be welcomed to testify before the Committee until such time as his appointment receives Senate confirmation. How far these ripples spread remains to be seen, and practitioners need to be prepared in order to advise their clients on how to navigate these turbulent waters.   
This panel discussion will cover the following:
  • Summary of the case and the fall-out
  • The policy ramifications for the Executive Branch
  • The implications for Labor & Employment matters
  • The implications for the CFPB and financial services providers

Practice Areas: Administrative Law & Regulation, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate & Securities, Labor Law, NLRB Practice
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 06/20/2013 1:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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