What to Know About Noel Francisco as the New SCOTUS Term Nears

The U.S. Supreme Court's fall term begins on Oct. 2. Noel Francisco, newly confirmed as U.S. solicitor general, has just days to prepare. Of course, it's likely Francisco, formerly a top appellate lawyer at Jones Day, hasn't been thinking about the cases and issues that the justices will confront—and he will argue—this term. Here's a snapshot of things to know about Francisco and matters on his plate as he prepares to step up to the lectern at the high court.

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  • EEOC Nominees Are Questioned About Workplace Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

    By Erin Mulvaney

    The Trump administration's two nominees to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told U.S. senators Tuesday they were personally opposed to workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but they could not assure lawmakers that they would support the agency's view that adverse actions against gay or transgender workers violates federal civil rights laws.

  • The CFPB, Often a Winner in Court, Hit a Rough Patch This Summer

    By C. Ryan Barber

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned billions of dollars to consumers while confronting abuses carried out by large banks, mortgage lenders and law firms—successes that are reflected in the agency's court record and settlements. But the CFPB has also suffered a string of setbacks this summer. Proponents of the agency caution not to read too much into the losses—the CFPB, they say, is willing to litigate. Still, others see an agency that's still pushing the limits of its authority.

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