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NRA V. CUOMO, VULLO
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NRA Files Cert Petition with U.S. Supreme Court; Seeks Review of Case Against Former New York Governmental Official Tied to “Blacklisting Campaign”
NRA Press Release
February 7, 2023

The NRA today filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking review of a controversial judgment issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in NRA v. Maria T. Vullo. The matter in question is one of the nation’s most high-profile First Amendment cases. First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh joins as counsel on the brief.
 
As the former Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), Vullo, at the behest of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, allegedly wielded DFS's regulatory power to financially blacklist the NRA – coercing banks and insurers to cut ties with the Association, in order to suppress its Second Amendment speech. The lawsuit's allegations are explosive and include backroom threats by Vullo against regulated firms, accompanied by offers of leniency on unrelated infractions if regulated entities agreed to blacklist the NRA. 
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Judge Rules NRA May Replead Selective Enforcement Claim in New York Case
NRA Press Release
June 1, 2020

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors announced today that its client, the National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”), received a favorable ruling in connection with its Motion for Leave to file a Second Amended Complaint in its case against New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo (“Vullo”).  

 

In a June 1, 2020, order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel granted the NRA’s request to replead its selective enforcement claim.  READ MORE

In Lawsuit Against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Regulators, NRA Says Secret, Sealed Documents Show Conspiracy to Deprive Gun Groups of Insurance
NRA Press Release
December 23, 2019

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors announced today that its client, the National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”), filed a Motion for Leave to file a Second Amended Complaint against the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo (“Vullo”). 

 

In a filing on December 20, 2019, the NRA claims to have acquired compelling evidence from Lloyd’s America, Inc. (“LAI”) that Vullo and DFS “leveraged DFS’s considerable power… to inflict targeted harm on ‘gun programs’ – irrespective of whether those programs violated the law.” The NRA claims that it was only able to obtain the documents by promising to file them under seal. Therefore, several exhibits that accompany the gun group’s court filing are filed under seal.

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The NRA Sues New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; New York State Department of Financial Services Over Alleged Attack on First Amendment Rights
NRA Press Release
May 11, 2018

On May 11, 2018, the NRA filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo alleging violations of the NRA’s First Amendment rights. READ MORE

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