On January 29th, the National Law Journal discussed the D.C. Circuit's opinion in Canning v. NLRB, which invalidated President Obama's recess appointments of National Labor Relations Board members. The NLJ article also discussed the impact that opinion may have on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose Director, Richard Cordray, was appointed at the same time as the NLRB members. Recess Appointments. On January 30th, Bloomberg reported that a California law firm sued by the CFPB for allegedly violating mortgage assistance rules might be the first defendant to challenge the Bureau's enforcement authority as a result of the Canning decision. Challenge.