Van Ness Attorneys joins Ocean Brews and Blues Festival

DEERFIELD BEACH – The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce Van Ness Attorneys.com, also known as Van Ness Law Firm, PLC, as the presenting sponsor of the City’s new annual Ocean Brews & Blues Festival, to be held on May 20, 2017 from 3 – 7 PM at the Main Beach Parking Lot.

Based in Deerfield Beach with an office in Miami, Van Ness Attorneys.com (hereafter “Van Ness”) is a South Florida firm founded in July 2004 by J. Anthony Van Ness in Hollywood, Florida. Van Ness has its roots representing mortgage banks and servicers having been retained as counsel for Fannie Mae in 2010, until the program ended. In 2007, Van Ness moved to Newport Center in Deerfield Beach and in 2016 opened its Miami. The law firm’s attorneys have been successful representing clients in matters of Personal Injury, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Probate and Contract Disputes. For more information about the firm, please visit: www.vannessattorneys.com.

As one of the Top 10 up and coming cities in South Florida, we value the support of the community and sponsors to help our events continue to grow year after year. The Ocean Brews & Blues Festival is a great opportunity to spend a day at the beach while enjoying an exciting craft brew festival and listening to a variety of blues musicians.

Early Bird tickets are available for $35/person, pricing expires April 8th at 11:59pm EST. Ticket prices will increase to $40/person April 9th until May 19th at 11:59pm EST. Event Day tickets will be $45. All tickets include 3.5 hours of unlimited sampling of 100+ beers and a souvenir glass from 3:00pm – 6:30pm. Purchase your craft beer festival tickets today at www.dfb.city/oceanbrew.

For more information, call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429 or visit www.dfb.city/oceanbrew.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found structurally unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has found unconstitutional the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the Bureau proposed by Elizabeth Warren to ward against abuses by financial institutions. The ruling challenges the construct that a congressionally-established independent agency may be headed by a single director who may only be removed for cause.

Initially, the court states, the CFPB was to be “another traditional, multi-member independent agency.” However, as the court concludes, the CFPB was ultimately established as “an independent agency headed not by a multi-member commission but rather by a single Director.” It is the latter part of this statement, “… by a single Director,” that the court finds problematic, within the framework of an independent agency. The court holds that the single-director structure, in the context of a congressionally-created independent agency, departs from history and threatens individual liberty, for reasons bound up in agency control and the separation of powers. The court also takes issue with the limitation on the executive’s ability to remove the head of that agency. The court’s remedy is to have the CFPB operate as an executive agency, of which the President “now has the power to supervise and direct the Director of the CFPB.” The court also holds that a three-year statute of limitations was applicable to the enforcement action in dispute.

Judge Henderson, concurring in part and dissenting in part, states that the opinion unnecessarily reaches the question of the constitutionality of the CFPB. Given that there were other reasons to reverse the award in the enforcement action, she opines, the court should have not decided “a constitutional question,” because “there is some other ground upon which to dispose of the case,” citing Nw. Austin Mun. Util. Dist. No. One v. Holder, 557 U.S. 193, 205 (2009); Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57, 64 (1981). This position will likely come up, should this case be subject to further appeal.