April 10, 2017
The battle over electronic cigarettes heats up even more this week as the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s general counsel Sam Kazman argued in court today against a federal regulation banning use of electronic cigarettes on planes. The...
April 5, 2017
Approximately one year ago, on April 7, 2016, CEI received a memorable, hand-delivered envelope from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker. It wasn’t a note congratulating Kent Lassman on his very new (two days old, to be precise) position as CEI’s president. No, it was a subpoena, issued under...
April 3, 2017
If you support nonprofit policy groups, you understand that ideas matter. They matter in education, in public discourse, and in the halls of government. But when it comes to discernible impact, there’s one place where ideas can matter a lot—in court. Court cases, after all, are intellectual battles—words on paper are pitted against one another, resulting in judicial rulings that affect the real world.
These lawsuits can range from major constitutional challenges to less prominent, but sometimes equally important, cases involving statutes and regulations. Freedom of Information lawsuits, for example, which challenge agency refusals to publicly disclose internal documents, have grown increasingly important in recent years. Under the Obama administration, agency officials grew increasingly adept at concealing documents via email aliases, personal email accounts, and...
March 9, 2017
Competitive Enterprise Institute General Counsel Sam Kazman answers 7 frequently asked questions about CEI’s legal challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, State National Bank of Big Spring v. CFPB.
What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a federal regulatory agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The CFPB was set up as an independent agency that receives its funding from the Federal Reserve, not through Congress, and it enforces 19 federal consumer protection statutes. The CFPB’s jurisdiction includes banks, credit unions, securities firms, payday lenders, mortgage-...
February 7, 2017
Have you ever lost a bet and had to eat or drink something so nauseating that just thinking about it induces a gag reflex? A college classmate’s alchemic experiments with ketchup and maple syrup, perhaps? Peggy Little’s new CEI study,...
February 3, 2017
In a post earlier this week, I discussed our coalition letter asking the Trump administration to investigate the extent to...
January 25, 2017
Climate scientist Judith Curry today filed an amicus brief with the D.C. Court of Appeals supporting the petitions for full-court review of a three-...
December 27, 2016
Earlier this December, the Environmental Protection Agency released all the work it has performed on “Model Rules” for the Clean Power Plan. The purpose of the model rules is twofold: 1)...
December 20, 2016
Last week, CEI filed its reply brief in our case against the Transportation Security Administration’s use of body scanners. To recap, CEI, the Rutherford Institute, and two CEI employees filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the agency’s final rule on airport body scanners. Our argument centers around the fact that the TSA’s widely unpopular body scanners lead many would-be air travelers to take to the much more dangerous highways instead, where some number of them die, and that the agency failed to consider this deadly modal substitution effect as required under federal law.
In our latest filing, we take the TSA to task for failing to meaningfully address our arguments:
TSA’s body scanner rule causes travel...
November 3, 2016
Today is National Sandwich Day. Its origins are shrouded in history, but curious students of marketing will probably be satisfied by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s authoritative Food Calendar.
It’s a good day to...