July 26 — The President announced in January that two real estate developers, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, would head the council. In addition to claims of secret meetings, Food & Water Watch is alleging the two developers have conflicts of interest as they have “longstanding personal and financial ties to the President” along with current projects that could benefit from the council’s work. The group filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

— Utility Dive