States Lead the Court Arguments Against Clean Power Plan

September 27, 2016 Today, the en banc US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments over the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Representatives from the Federal Government and the twenty-nine state coalition presented their arguments before ten members of the DC Circuit. Chief Justice Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, has recused … Read More

21 States File Challenge Against the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

Today, a coalition of 21 States led by the attorneys general of Texas and Nevada filed a challenge to the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule. Under the new regulation, the number of white collar workers eligible for overtime compensation would be increased by moving the salary threshold from less than $455 a week ($23,660 annually), to less than $913 a … Read More

Federal Judge Orders Nationwide Injunction of Obama’s “Bathroom Directive”

August 22, 2016 Late yesterday, a Federal Judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Obama Administration from enforcing its “bathroom directive” issued earlier this year. The “Guidance Document” from the Departments of Education and Justice instructed recipients of Title VII and Title IX federal funding to accommodate transgender individuals by allowing them to use bathrooms and locker rooms … Read More

FCC Loses in Attempt to Preempt State Laws

August 16, 2016 Last week, a Federal Communications Commission order was struck down by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The order preempted state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restricted the ability of municipal broadband providers to expand their service area. The FCC cited part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as its authority to preempt the laws … Read More

Op-Ed: AG Morrisey – Consumer protection: Not a bully’s weapon on free speech

August 16, 2016 Several state Attorneys General have made headlines recently for their efforts to force ExxonMobil and others—through subpoenas—to turn over research and comments about climate change over the last four decades. Whatever views one has about climate change, this is a dangerous and concerning precedent. The Attorneys General have embarked on a wide-reaching fishing expedition that wanders far … Read More

Protecting the Privacy of Nonprofit Donors from Abuse

By Mark J. Fitzgibbons American Thinker June 13, 2016 Donors to nonprofit organizations of all stripes are at risk of harassment, unless a bill to be introduced this week by Rep. Peter Roskam is by passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law. If you have the means and are generous enough to contribute $5,000 or more to … Read More

SCOTUS Rules Against Administration in Water Case

May 31, 2016 The Supreme Court opened the door to more lawsuits over the Clean Water Act in a Tuesday ruling that allowed businesses to challenge the federal government’s decisions on which wetlands and streams it can regulate. The ruling that Army Corps of Engineers wetland determinations are reviewable by courts also offers hints about the justices’ leanings on broader, … Read More

RLDF Hosts Second Annual Senior Staff Policy Retreat

April 27-28, 2016 The second annual Rule of Law Defense Fund Senior Staff Policy Retreat took place on April 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The retreat’s welcome dinner featured renowned radio host and law professor Hugh Hewitt, who spoke about several topics including the defense of the rule of law and the future of the conservative movement.  The first … Read More

Texas Leads Arguments Against Obama Immigration Order

April 20, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC—The Texas Attorney General’s Office presented its case for why an injunction should remain in effect against the Obama Administration’s executive action on immigration before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 18. During oral arguments in United States v. Texas, Texas State Solicitor General Scott Keller argued Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful … Read More

EPA Removes Proposed Rule Language Affecting Racing Industry

April 15, 2016 Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it removed language from a proposed rule that would have expanded the EPA’s statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act to cover vehicles modified solely for racing or competition. Moving forward with this language would have put the rule in conflict with the intent of … Read More