Yesterday the Supreme Court invited Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush, to defend the structure of the CFPB against a constitutional challenge in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This blog’s coverage comes from Amy Howe, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. At The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle reports that “Clement has argued broadly for business community interests at the Supreme Court, and his defense of the consumer bureau would put him at odds—at least in this case—with groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others that have questioned the power of the CFPB director.”

For The Washington Post (subscription required), Robert Barnes reports that “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the 2019 winner of the Berggruen Prize for Culture and Philosophy, a $1 million award given annually to a ‘thinker whose ideas are shaping human self-understanding to advance humankind.” According to Mark Sherman at AP, the award “honors Ginsburg for her pioneering legal work for gender equality and her support for the rule of law.” Additional coverage comes from Jess Bravin for The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), who reports that Ginsburg “will receive the prize at a private ceremony in New York on Dec. 16,” and that she “plans to donate the cash to charities and nonprofits.”


  • In an op-ed for The New York Times (subscription required), Linda Greenhouse explains why, “[a]lthough it has received little attention and is absent from most lists of the new Supreme Court term’s most important cases,” Hernandez v. Mesa, which arises from a Mexican family’s efforts to hold a U.S. Border Patrol agent liable for the shooting death of their son, who was on the Mexican side of the border, “is significant even beyond its particular disturbing context.”
  • At Bloomberg Law, Ellen Gilmer reports that “[s]tate court cases targeting oil companies for their role in climate change are set to move forward after the Supreme Court on Oct. 22 rebuffed the industry’s efforts to halt them.”

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