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Joshua Yount of Mayer Brown Joshua Yount of Mayer Brown

7th Circuit SpotlightWe find artifacts of our current partisan age in all sorts of places these days. That includes a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decision regarding intervention under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24. The decision—Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Kaul, No. 19-1835 (7th Cir. Nov. 7, 2019)—arose from the intersection of two trends in today’s partisan battles. In one trend, the election or appointment of a new attorney general from a different political party than his predecessor has resulted in changes in the government’s litigation positions. In the other trend, legislatures controlled by one political party have enacted laws limiting or eliminating certain powers exercised by executive officers following elections that installed executive officers from a different political party.

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