Securities Law Prof Blog

Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Friday, October 22, 2010

What's with the CFTC Judges?

Two interesting recent stories about the administrative law judges at the CFTC.  According to yesterday's Wall St. Journal, court records in a guardianship case allege that George Painter, a 83-year old recently retired ALJ, decided matters when (according to his wife) he had mental and alcoholism-related problems.  WSJ, Case Sheds Light on Judge.  Meanwhile, the Washington Post, on Oct. 19, reported that when Painter retired from the CFTC, he specifically asked that his colleague, Bruce Levine, not be assigned his cases because, according to Painter, Levine never found in favor of commodities customers.  WPost, Commodity Futures Trading Commission judge says colleague biased against complainants.

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