- Obama and the Courts, by the Numbers
January 17 2012 6:15 AM
A new report from Brookings Institute shows President Barack Obama faces more federal judicial vacancies than he can keep up with and a longer confirmation process for his choices.
- Obama Recess Appointments Get First Legal Challenge - From Health Care Law Foe
January 16 2012 12:50 PM
The National Federation of Independent Business is challenging President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.
- Art Laffer, Reagan Administration Economist, Sued Over Ponzi Scheme
January 13 2012 5:14 PM
Art Laffer is named in a lawsuit from a group of investors who say he lent his name to investment funds that ran a Ponzi scheme through a talk radio business.
- CEOs Got SEC's Back in Legal Fight Over Settlement Policy
January 13 2012 2:12 PM
A group that represents CEOs of major U.S. corporations, including Citigroup, defended the SEC's settlement with the financial giant that allowed the company to avoid admitting any liability or wrongdoing in a securities fraud case.
- Liberal Lawmakers Take Cue from Tea Party in Defending Health Care Law [With LEGAL BRIEF]
January 12 2012 7:31 PM
A group of more than 500 state lawmakers from around the country argue in a court brief that the Affordable Care Act fits into Founding Fathers' vision of a strong federal government to address the nation's problems.
- Obama Administration Says Richard Cordray Appointment Legal
January 12 2012 1:26 PM
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel said in a legal memo that the Senate was unable to perform its constitutional duties on presidential nominees, despite holding "pro forma" sessions aimed at blocking recess appointments.
- Velvet Underground Sues Andy Warhol Foundation Over 'Banana' Album Art
January 11 2012 3:16 PM
Legendary rock band The Velvet Underground sued Andy Warhol's foundation for trademark infringement over a banana logo the late artist created for the band's debut album.
- GOP Uses Citizens United to Challenge Corporate Donation Ban
January 10 2012 8:22 PM
The Republican National Committee said in a court filing that a ban on direct corporate contributions to candidates should be struck down so political parties can compete with Super PACs.
- Obama Links Economy to Environmental Policy in EPA Pep Talk
January 10 2012 5:16 PM
President Barack Obama Tuesday delivered remarks to the Environmental Protection Agency's staff.
- Supreme Court Upholds Foreign Campaign Contribution Ban
January 10 2012 1:15 PM
Two foreign citizens who reside legally in the U.S. failed in their attempt to overturn a ban on political spending from non-citizens on free speech grounds.
- Supreme Court to Hear Case on Words George Carlin Couldn't Say on TV
January 10 2012 6:54 AM
The Supreme Court revisits a 34-year-old decision about George Carlin0's infamous Filthy Words monologue that allowed the Federal Communications Commission to start regulating indecency on broadcast programming.
- Health Care Law Must Fall With Insurance Mandate: Senate GOP
January 09 2012 4:14 PM
A group of Republican senators said in a court brief that the Affordable Care Act must be entirely struck down should the individual mandate be deemed unconstitutional.
- In Fighting Goliath EPA, Family Gets Support from Corporate Giants
January 09 2012 2:45 PM
General Electric (GE) and a slew of trade groups for the oil, agriculture and manufacturing industries are supporting a family seeking to challenge Environmental Protection Agency authority.
- SEC Alters Settlement Policy for Companies Convicted in Criminal Cases
January 06 2012 6:15 PM
Defendant companies that are convicted in criminal cases or plea to charges will no longer be able to make deals with the Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting or denying allegations.
- Montana High Court's Anti-Citizens United Ruling to Be Appealed
January 06 2012 3:00 PM
Group says that it will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take its challenge to Montana's century-old ban on corporate political spending.
- FBI Updates Definition of Rape After 80 Years
January 06 2012 11:35 AM
The FBI's outdated definition of rape excluded from federal crime reports cases involving a male victim, oral and anal penetration, and non-forcible sexual assault.
- Will Congress Get Another Kennedy? Scion Exploring House Run
January 05 2012 4:39 PM
This Congress is the first one without a Kennedy since President John F. Kennedy left the Senate in 1960.
- Obama's Recess Appointments Reopen Murky Legal Debate
January 05 2012 1:59 PM
The president's recess appointment power under the Constitution is not without its ambiguities, and the president's use of this power in light of these ambiguities has given rise to significant political and legal controversy since the beginning of the Republic.
- Obama's Consumer Watchdog Appointment Could Pay Political Dividends
January 04 2012 7:20 PM
Republicans are raging over the process in which President Barack Obama appointed Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But the howling could strengthen Obama's re-election campaign.
- Richard Cordray's Attorney General Days Lay Foundation for CFPB
January 04 2012 3:46 PM
Richard Cordray's short time as Ohio's attorney general earned him national recognition as a Wall Street watchdog.