Bloomberg Law
Dec. 20, 2022, 3:58 PM

GOP AGs Target Judges to Thwart Biden Administration (Podcast)

David Schultz
David Schultz
Audio Producer

Forum shopping is the art of selecting a specific court in which to file a suit, and lawyers have been doing it since time immemorial. But a Bloomberg Law data analysis shows that the practice has changed in recent years.

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Republican Attorneys General who are suing the Biden administration have gravitated toward a handful of small, rural courthouses run by Trump-appointed judges. And those judges have been keen to issue nationwide injunctions halting administration policies.

Bloomberg Law reporters Lydia Wheeler and Madison Alder join our weekly podcast, On The Merits, to discuss their findings, explain who these judges are, and what this means for the future of administrative law.

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