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Federal judge halts Labor Department's 'persuader' rule

Joe Mont | November 16, 2016

A federal judge in Texas has granted a permanent injunction against a Department of Labor rule that would have required all union-related communications between an attorney and an employer to be publicly disclosed.

On Nov. 16, U.S. Senior District Judge Sam Cummings of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted the permanent injunction and a motion for summary judgment by plaintiffs challenging the rule. He had previously, in June, granted a preliminary injunction blocking the requirements that were intended to become effective on July 1.

The case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez, was filed by the named plaintiff along with the Texas Association of Business, Lubbock [Texas] Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders, and...

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