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Anti-Regulation Scalia Tapped For Labor Sec.

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WASHINGTON—In Eugene Scalia, the Trump administration has found a potential secretary of labor with an established record of pursuing limits on government regulation of business.

Mr. Scalia, 55 years old, has devoted almost a decade to fighting rules associated with the 2010 Dodd-Frank law intended to make the financial system safer following the financial crisis. As a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Scalia has represented the financial-services industry in challenging the rules, often arguing that policy makers failed to thoroughly review their costs and benefits before completing them.

In one recent victory, he successfully challenged a 2016 retirement-advice rule set by the Obama-era Labor Department, arguing that it had exceeded its authority.

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