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What to Know About Makan Delrahim, Trump's Antitrust Division Pick

C. Ryan Barber

Makan Delrahim, a former top lobbyist for tech and health care companies who now serves as a deputy White House counsel, is the Trump administration's pick to lead the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division, a key post that would put him, and his front-office staff, in the spotlight of in-hous

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Grilled Over Wall Street Ties

C. Ryan Barber

Fending off questions about his lucrative law practice and potential conflicts of interest, Jay Clayton, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner who was nominated to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, on Thursday defended his private sector experience as an asset and said he was "committed to

Trump's Justice Department Abandons Defense of CFPB

C. Ryan Barber

The U.S. Justice Department argued Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be stripped of its independence, a reversal of an earlier stance that the president only had the power to remove the Obama-era agency's director for cause, not at will.

SEC Hits Another Marijuana Company Over Alleged Sham Earnings

C. Ryan Barber

The nascent legalized marijuana industry has never been easy for regulators, forcing difficult decisions over how to enforce federal laws in states that have cleared cannabis for medical and—in some cases—recreational use. But the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has a decidedly simpler calcu

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Pulled in $7M From Sullivan & Cromwell Last Year

C. Ryan Barber

Benefitting from a client roster that includes big banks, British Airways and Volkswagen AG, longtime Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton raked in $7.6 million in the year leading up to his nomination to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Target Corp. Puts FTC's 'Made in USA' Claims to Bed

C. Ryan Barber

Federal trade regulators have dropped their investigation into Target Corp. over pillows that were advertised as "Made in USA" but were, in fact, manufactured in China. The agency closed its investigation without further action because Target pulled the mislabeled products from store shelves, correc

Judge Refuses Fee Award to State AGs in Antitrust Case

C. Ryan Barber

Nearly a year after striking down Staples Inc.'s proposed takeover of Office Depot, a federal judge in Washington refused Tuesday to award $175,000 in legal fees to the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia attorneys general for their role in challenging the office supply chains' $6.3 billion deal.

In Trump Era, Law Firms Prepare for Less Work, and Hiring, From CFPB

C. Ryan Barber

A confluence of events, including Donald Trump's surprise victory, has shaken not only the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its cadre of lawyers but also the law firm practice groups that built up around enforcement actions and investigations tied to the agency. Law firm interest in CFPB law

CFPB Barred, For Now, From Naming Company Under Investigation

C. Ryan Barber

Another financial-sector company is fighting to keep its name secret as it challenges the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to bring an enforcement action. The company, identified only as "John Doe" in a Washington federal trial court, offers pension advance products that allow consu

CFPB Wins New Chance to Defend Single-Director Power Structure

C. Ryan Barber

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will take a fresh look at a ruling that struck down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure as unconstitutional, setting the stage for a legal fight that carries significant implications for the future of the agency in the Trump admini

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