Press Releases

NCLA Suit Challenges Lack of Due Process Hearing in Suspension from USDA Crop Insurance Program

Washington, DC (June 17, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, today filed a brief in opposition to the Motion to Dismiss submitted by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Risk Management Agency (RMA), and the respective heads of those entities. NCLA clients Kevin Gubbels and Insure My Honey, Inc. are contesting the efforts of the agencies to summarily and indefinitely suspend his participation and that of his company’s insurance agents in the federal crop insurance program without due process.

NCLA Disputes CFPB Enforcement Action on Ground that Agency Is Unconstitutional post-Seila Law

Washington, DC (July 16, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, filed a response last night to an order to show cause in Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection v. Law Offices of Crystal Moroney, P.C. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. NCLA is challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) unconstitutional manner of being funded and its Director’s doomed attempts to ratify her own prior actions, taken while her authority to act was unconstitutional.

NCLA Stands up for Bitcoin Investors in Suit Against IRS for Unlawful Seizure of Private Financial Data

Washington, DC (July 15, 2020) – This Tax Day, New Hampshire resident James Harper filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) along with his tax return. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, represents Mr. Harper in James Harper v. Charles P. Rettig, et al. before the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Mr. Harper’s “crime”? Holding a bitcoin wallet.

NCLA Amicus Argues for Honoring Veterans By Doing Away with Chevron Deference

Washington, DC (July 13, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, filed an amicus brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit challenging the lower court’s biased ruling in favor of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) in Thomas H. Buffington v. Robert L. Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Watch: NCLA Video Exposes Flawed Administrative Review Process at AZ Dep’t of Child Safety

Washington, DC (July 11, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, released a video today featuring the case of Phillip B. v. Mike Faust and Arizona Department of Child Safety. The video highlights the plight of NCLA client Phillip B. (whose name has been redacted to preserve his anonymity under court rules), who is challenging the decision of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) to place his name on the Central Registry of child abusers before he had exhausted state-court appeals.

Little Sisters Supreme Court Decision Preserves Religious Liberty but Does Not Reach Delegation Issue

Washington, DC (July 8, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, commends today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the religious liberty of Catholic nuns in the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania case. The Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Little Sisters, holding that the religious exemption rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not violate...

NCLA, Gov. Baker File Petition Asking Mass. Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Civil Defense Act Case

Washington, DC (July 2, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, has filed a joint petition with Governor Charlie Baker and the Attorney General’s Office to transfer the case of Dawn Desrosiers, et al. v. Governor Charles D. Baker from Worcester Superior Court to the Supreme Judicial Court. The petition asks the Court to decide whether Governor Baker’s March 10, 2020 Civil Defense State of Emergency declaration and the ensuing emergency orders responding to the coronavirus pandemic are lawful exercises of gubernatorial authority.

NCLA Bemoans Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Approval of Governor Wolf’s Rule by Executive Decree

Washington, DC (July 1, 2020) – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued its decision today in Tom Wolf v. Joseph B. Scarnati, et al. in support of Governor Wolf. The court never even allowed oral argument in this very significant matter of state constitutional interpretation.

NCLA Court Win Keeps SBA from Rewriting CARES Act to Exclude Small Biz Owners on Probation

Washington, DC (June 30, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group today is celebrating a victory in the case of Carmen’s Corner Store, et al. v. U.S. Small Business Administration, et al. A federal judge granted a lifeline yesterday to Carmen’s Corner Store and Retail4Real, both businesses of Mr. Altimont Mark Wilks from Hagerstown, MD, who is desperately trying to keep its doors open.

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees with NCLA that CFPB Director’s Protection from Removal Violates President’s Article II Duty

Washington, DC (June 29, 2020) – Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the points argued by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group in its amicus brief filed in Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last December. Accordingly, the Court struck down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director’s protection from Presidential removal as unconstitutional.

NCLA Brings Second Lawsuit Against SBA’s Unlawful Criminal History Rule for PPP Loans

Washington, DC (June 26, 2020) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group filed a complaint in MoveCorp, et al. v. U.S. Small Business Administration, et al., in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. NCLA represents Michael Loughrey, who is majority owner of MoveCorp, a moving company serving local business clients in Austin, Texas. The Small Business Administration (SBA) unlawfully denied Mr. Loughrey’s application for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by virtue of SBA’s unlawful “Criminal History Rule,” which excludes all persons indicted or charged of any crime.

NCLA Lawsuit Forces Change in SBA Regulation to Make Hundreds of PPP Loan Applicants Eligible

Washington, DC (June 26, 2020) – Altimont Mark Wilks, a small business owner from Hagerstown, Md., who was unlawfully barred from applying for a much-needed Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan, can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Mr. Wilks’s behalf on June 17.

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