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...
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December 27, 2016released all the work it has performed on “Model Rules” for the Clean Power Plan. The purpose of the model rules...
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, 2016Food Calendar.
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October 31, 2016
This week on RealClear Radio Hour, Jessica Melugin and Trevor Burrus discuss freedom from bureaucracy online and political corruption.
Up first is Jessica Melugin, adjunct fellow in technology policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Jessica breaks down the nearly 20-year-old Internet sales tax debate and shares why lobbyists, politicians, and big box retailers advocate Internet taxation without representation. Under those proposals, she explains, consumers would see sales tax rates increase, states would export their tax regimes to remote businesses, and online sellers would be forced to keep records for about 10,000 tax jurisdictions around the nation.
October 25, 2016
Today the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement in the Volkswagen Clean Diesel MDL that puts the interests of the attorneys ahead of consumers. The class action, In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:15-md-2672, arose from the emissions scandal that erupted last year following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issuing a Notice of Violation to Volkswagen for manufacturing and installing defeat devices in certain model year 2009 through 2015 diesel vehicles, resulting in violations of the Clean Air Act’s emission standards.
The Court also approved settlements in actions against Volkswagen by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), on behalf of the EPA, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and California state agencies.
October 17, 2016