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Hungry for Power, the FTC Makes Itself a Drink

Hungry for Power, the FTC Makes Itself a Drink

The Federal Trade Commission has a well-documented history of asserting regulatory powers beyond anything granted to it by Congress. Just last year, in AMG Capital Management, LLC v. FTC, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Commission’s decades-long claim that...

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Closing the Circle

Closing the Circle

As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, the FTC’s recent lawsuit against Walmart raises a fundamental constitutional issue regarding the FTC’s authority to initiate lawsuits. The point at issue concerns Congress’s authority to limit the President’s power to remove...

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Brave Citizens vs. SEC Overreach

Brave Citizens vs. SEC Overreach

Because our elected branches of government can’t always be trusted to zealously keep one another in check, litigation by individual private citizens has long been among the most effective ways to enforce separation of powers and other structural constitutional boundaries. At least four recent cases involving the Securities and Exchange Commission underscore the power these courageous citizens can unleash by standing up to administrative overreach.

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Undercover Threat: The Intersection of the Administrative State and the First Amendment

Undercover Threat: The Intersection of the Administrative State and the First Amendment

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. Absent exigent circumstances or consent, police must obtain judicial authorization (a warrant) to enter a home. As the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated, for example in Riley v. California, the sanctity of a person’s home is among an individual’s core privacy interests.

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The Collision of Administrative Law and Civil Liberties

The Collision of Administrative Law and Civil Liberties

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. Absent exigent circumstances or consent, police must obtain judicial authorization (a warrant) to enter a home. As the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated, for example in Riley v. California, the sanctity of a person’s home is among an individual’s core privacy interests.

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SCOTUS Must Limit Unwarranted Searches to Preserve 4th Amendment Protections

SCOTUS Must Limit Unwarranted Searches to Preserve 4th Amendment Protections

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. Absent exigent circumstances or consent, police must obtain judicial authorization (a warrant) to enter a home. As the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated, for example in Riley v. California, the sanctity of a person’s home is among an individual’s core privacy interests.

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Ill-Considered Decision Revives Judicial Misconduct Complaint

Ill-Considered Decision Revives Judicial Misconduct Complaint

The unconstrained attack on the federal judiciary by Democratic members of Congress is in full swing. That effort was abetted last week by an ill-considered decision by the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Committee revived a judicial misconduct complaint against two federal judges and directed the formation of a “special committee” to conduct a “thorough[] and careful[]” factual investigation.

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Non-Delegation Doctrine 101

Non-Delegation Doctrine 101

  Jon Stewart recently discussed at length on his podcast, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” until recently, a nearly extinct legal doctrine known as “non-delegation.” Although the Supreme Court has not invalidated any law on non-delegation grounds since the 1930s,...

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The Other Cause of Congressional Inaction

The Other Cause of Congressional Inaction

  Many Americans can tell you that Congress has been unable to pass laws because Republicans and Democrats disagree on the issues. For a bill to pass in the Senate, effectively 60 out of the 100 Senators must vote in favor of it because of a procedure called the...

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DHS Disinformation Board Paused, Government Urge to Censor Continues

DHS Disinformation Board Paused, Government Urge to Censor Continues

A little over a year ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in AMG Capital Management, LLC v. Federal Trade Commission. In that case, the Court determined that Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), does not authorize the FTC “to seek, and a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement.”

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The Thing No One Is Talking About Post-AMG

The Thing No One Is Talking About Post-AMG

A little over a year ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in AMG Capital Management, LLC v. Federal Trade Commission. In that case, the Court determined that Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), does not authorize the FTC “to seek, and a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement.”

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Judge Jones Stands Up for Separation-of-Powers Principles

Judge Jones Stands Up for Separation-of-Powers Principles

Defenders of the administrative state have long contended that the Government runs much more smoothly when professional bureaucrats are granted free rein to act in “the public interest,” unconstrained by political forces that they fear are, all too often, dominated by “special interests.” That belief led in 2010 to creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency structured by Senator Elizabeth Warren and others to be entirely insulated from control by the political branches of government.

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Energy Security Is National Security

Energy Security Is National Security

  In December 200,8 Marine Corps General James Jones (Ret) wrote in a Wall Street Journal article that “You can’t use the word energy independence. It is not a valid phrase. It is designed to excite people. But it is simply not going to happen.” At the time that...

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Everyone Entering Marco Island Be Warned: City Is Keeping Tabs on You

Everyone Entering Marco Island Be Warned: City Is Keeping Tabs on You

NCLA filed a lawsuit against the City of San Marco, Florida, on February 7, 2022, challenging the use of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to track all drivers within city limits. This marks NCLA’s second lawsuit against a Florida municipality’s use of ALPR technology on Fourth Amendment grounds—the first case was filed against Coral Gables.

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Madness and Recovery: Dr. Skoly in Court

Madness and Recovery: Dr. Skoly in Court

Proving the truth about going “mad,” Rhode Island, in response to the COVID-19 Delta variant, enacted an excessively broad vaccine mandate for health care workers. As should have been foreseen, but was not (as is typical of political actions taken in fear and haste), the mandate has harmed the public: The termination of workers unwilling to be vaccinated has created staffing shortages so critical that Rhode Island has been forced to allow COVID infected workers to treat vulnerable patients.

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