Case Detail

Gordon v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
On November 17, 2016, WLF filed a petition with the US Supreme Court asking it to review and ultimately overturn a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision that upheld a massive judgment against our client, Chance Gordon. The Ninth Circuit's decision -- that CFPB Director Richard Cordray could retroactively ratify decisions taken in an 18-month period during which he was not constitutionally authorized to act as director -- conflict with rulings of two other circuits. WLF also argues that the Ninth Circuit should have dismissed CFPB's action against Mr. Gordon for lack of standing because no validly appointed federal officer acted on behalf of the federal government. In December, three organizations filed amicus curiae briefs with the Supreme Court in support of Mr. Gordons writ of certiorari.
Case Status:
WLF filed Supreme Court certiorari petition on November 17, 2016. Awaiting decision.
More Information and Downloads:

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11/17/2016: Download the Petition
11/17/2016: Download Cert Petition Appendix
6/27/2016: Download Reahearing Petition
4/14/2016: Download Ninth Circuit Opinion
CFPB Monitor:  Petition for writ of certiorari filed in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action 
Press Release: WLF Asks En Banc Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Overturn Judgment for CFPB in Unauthorized Suit
Press Release: WLF Files Cert Petition Seeking Supreme Court Review of Decision on CFPBs Ability to Ratify Past Invalid Actions
Press Release: Three Groups File in Support of WLFs Supreme Court Cert Petition in Key Case Against CFPB
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