States Join Separation-of-Powers Suit Against the CFPB

Remember the Big Spring suit? That's the case challenging various provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. reform law, including the legality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on separation-of-powers grounds. That suit includes, but is by no means limited to, a challenge to Richard Cordray's appointment as CFPB director as an impermissible (non-)recess appointment. The Blog of the Legal Times reports today that eight states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia — have joined the suit as plaintiffs. (Michigan, Oklahoma and South Carolina were already plaintiffs.) It is amazing the degree to which some states are waging legal war with the Obama Administration.

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