A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its new rule that would require extensive disclosures from companies who employ labor consultants and/or attorneys to help them deal with union organizing drives.

In an 86-page order issued yesterday, the court ruled that five business groups who filed suit on March 31st to challenge the rule are likely to succeed on their claims that the DOL exceeded its authority and promulgated a rule that is arbitrary, vague, and violates federal law and the Constitution. The judge ruled that Plaintiffs were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the rule went forward as planned and that a nationwide injunction was appropriate because the Plaintiffs and Intervenors in the case consisted of multiple states as well as business groups with members in all 50 states.

Sidley Austin Labor & Employment Blog’s coverage of the Persuader Rule can be found here.