ANALYSIS: Lack of Removal Power Could Threaten SEC ALJ Regime

Are the job security provisions enjoyed by SEC administrative law judges unconstitutional? The Supreme Court majority kicked that question down the line in its 2018 Lucia v. SEC decision. The Fifth Circuit may just have picked it up, as a three-judge panel enjoined an administrative rehearing of a pre-Lucia accounting violations case against Michelle Cochran. It is too early in the process to read too much into a preliminary injunction, but the Fifth Circuit’s action does indicate that Lucia has not yet been laid to rest.

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