NRA V. GOV. CUOMO

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NRA Seeks to Block New York’s ‘Political’ Enforcement Over Liability Insurance Programs
Insurance Journal
March 2, 2020

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is seeking a preliminary injunction in federal court in an attempt to stop the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) from conducting enforcement proceedings against the association.
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NRA Secures New Documents in Bid to Revive Selective Enforcement Claims Against NY Officials
New York Law Journal
December 23, 2019

The National Rifle Association says it’s obtained new information that proves state officials in New York acted deliberately, and unlawfully, to strangle the gun lobby group of its financial resources because of its positions on gun control measures.
 
New documents obtained by the NRA show the state singled out its insurance products for sanctions while ignoring other policies with similar violations, the group’s attorneys said.
 
Evidence from those documents was included in a new version of the NRA’s lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Department of Financial Services, and Maria Vullo, the former superintendent of that agency. The lawsuit was initially brought last year. READ MORE

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NRA Says New York Probe Goes Beyond So-Called ‘Murder Insurance’
Bloomberg
November 26, 2019

New York’s financial regulator is probing another company that the National Rifle Association says offers insurance products to its members, potentially bolstering a claim by the gun rights group that the state is unfairly going after its corporate affiliates.

AGIA Affinity, a broker and marketer of insurance products for groups with more than 30 million members, is being investigated by New York’s Department of Financial Services, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The probe focuses on AGIA’s health, accident and life insurance products, regardless of the group they’re tied to, the person said. READ MORE

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NRA Could Obtain Internal State Documents in Lawsuit Against Cuomo, DFS After US Judge's Review
New York Law Journal
August 9, 2019

A series of documents that state officials from New York have wanted to withhold from the National Rifle Association in its lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a state agency will be reviewed by a federal judge in the coming weeks and could ultimately be disclosed to the gun lobby group.

A federal judge in Albany ordered attorneys for the state, in a new decision, to submit those documents to him for review, along with a detailed log on why they should remain privileged. 

Attorneys for the National Rifle Association are calling the decision a positive development in their litigation against Cuomo and the state. READ MORE

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NRA Allowed to Depose Former DFS Superintendent Vullo in Lawsuit Against NY
The New York Law Journal
March 20, 2019

The National Rifle Association will be allowed to depose former New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo in the group’s lawsuit against the state over what it has argued was a violation of its free speech rights and selective enforcement of the state’s insurance regulations. READ MORE

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Federal Judge Allows NRA Lawsuit Against NY to Continue on First Amendment Claims
The New York Law Journal
November 6, 2018

U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy of the Northern District of New York said in a lengthy decision that the NRA’s claims that actions by Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo stifled its free speech rights were sufficient enough to be evaluated at trial. READ MORE

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State Moves to Dismiss NRA Lawsuit
Albany Times Union
September 10, 2018

The National Rifle Association made its case in federal court on Monday to move ahead with its lawsuit against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Department of Financial Services.  READ MORE

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NRA Argues Discovery Could Show State Coerced Companies to Cut Ties
The New York Law Journal
September 10, 2018

An assistant attorney general said the NRA is attempting through the lawsuit “to stifle Governor Cuomo and Superintendent Vullo’s political and government speech.” READ MORE

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NRA Calls State's Argument in Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit a 'Red Herring'
The New York Law Journal
August 27, 2018

The National Rifle Association, in a new filing late Aug. 24, said the state’s argument in a motion to dismiss the gun lobby’s lawsuit this month is a “red herring” and urged a federal judge to reject the motion.  READ MORE

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ACLU Supports NRA's Free-Speech Argument in Suit Against Cuomo Administration
The New York Law Journal
August 24, 2018

In a proposed filing with U.S. District Judge Christian Hummel of the Northern District of New York, the ACLU said the gun lobby’s lawsuit against the state should continue because it addresses the free speech rights of the association. READ MORE

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The N.R.A. Has Declared War on Andrew Cuomo. He Couldn't Be Happier.
The New York Times
August 9, 2018

When the NRA brought its Carry Guard insurance program to New York in April of last year, it marketed it as the solution to a pressing concern among its loyal followers, a protection against legal fees that could arise from firing a weapon in self-defense. That solution has now become a new problem: It is the latest fodder in Gov. Cuomo's long-running clash with the NRA, as he seeks to ban Carry Guard across the nation. READ MORE

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NRA Sues New York After Insurance Crackdown
The Wall Street Journal
May 11, 2018

The National Rifle Association on Friday sued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and financial regulators, accusing the state of an unconstitutional “political blacklisting campaign” to stop banks and insurers from doing business with the group. READ MORE

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New York Governor Presses Banks, Insurers to Weigh Risk of NRA Ties
Reuters
April 19, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest. READ MORE

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