On October 3, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in CFSA v. CFPB, a case with profound potential implications for the future of the CFPB.  The Court will rule on whether the CFPB’s funding mechanism violates the U.S. Constitution’s Appropriations Clause and, if so, what the appropriate remedy should be.  Our special guests are six renowned attorneys who filed amicus briefs in the case: Michael Williams, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the West Virginia Attorney General; Adam Levitin, Professor, Georgetown University of Law Center; Scott Nelson, Public Citizen Litigation Group; Jeffrey Naimon, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Joshua Katz, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and John Masslon, Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation.

This two-part episode repurposes our widely-attended and highly interactive webinar held on October 17.  In Part I, we first discuss some of the key questions asked by each of the Justices that could be indicative of how he or she may vote on the case and summarize the positions of each of the parties.  We then discuss the major arguments made by each of the parties in support of their positions and examine the strength of those arguments.

Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, moderates the discussion.

To listen to Part I of the episode, click here.