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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/25/16: SCOTUS Takes on Immigration Executive Action; Clean Power Progresses; STEM Vacatur Delayed; Joint Employer Guidance; Programming Vacation

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Washington shut down for the weekend, but the administrative process never sleeps. Prime from last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided to hear a mishmash of immigration executive action questions, but may not decide them, while the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided not to stay the Administration’s… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/18/16: SCOTUS Returns; Law Practice & Mortgage Relief Regulation; V2V Communications; and No Reginfo

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) returned last week to open several new lines of inquiry that impact regulatory practice, but has not yet decided whether the hear the case of the year. At the trial level, a district court invalidated narrow regulations applicable to attorneys practicing law in one federalized realm. The Department of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/11/16: Firearms Executive Action; IRS Withdrawal & Petition Petition Jurisdiction

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

The President of the United States (POTUS) dominated regulatory affairs last week by announcing firearms executive actions and the devil, as always, is in the details. Two other actions at least deserve a mention – the appropriate withdrawal of a contentious proposed rule that simply did not work and the dismissal of a complaint in… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/4/16: Regulatory Priorities in an Administration’s Final Year

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The end of 2015 warranted a review of Congressional regulatory interventions and limitations, and the beginning of 2016 warrants a review of expectations for the coming (Presidential election) year – the final year of an Administration, a final chance to establish its regulatory legacy. Do not confuse this review with the Unified Agenda, a mere… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/28/15: A Regulatory Appropriation

Posted in Agency Authority, Legislation

This last column of the year takes a different approach to regulatory practice – a survey of some of the realities of Congressional “review” in the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (CAA16), signed into law December 18, 2015. This massive appropriation includes many different styles of Congressional oversight and intervention – from outright prohibition, to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/7/15: Drone Registration Prospects: APA Petitions & A Sovereign Immunity Caution; and D.C. Circuit Argument Docket

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The regulation of drones took a step forward last week, but that step may be very tentative. The interrelationship between general petitions for rulemaking and specific requirements of programmatic statutes was the focus of a district court dismissal, albeit a temporary one. In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/26/15: Clean Power Plan Published, EPA sued; And Ozone, too; TSA Mandamused on Body Scanners; Drone Registry Comments and Committee; & Labor Fiduciary Standards Interpretation

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took center stage last week with the publication of the Clean Power Plan and the immediate litigation, but also with today’s publication of new ozone standards. Drawing less public attention, but equally important, a court demanded a schedule for long overdue airport screening regulations, a new advisory committee will consider… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/05/15: Fracking Rule Enjoined, Rule Withdrawal Judicial Review & Environmental Push

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Environmental versions of administrative law issues dominate this week’s review of regulatory practice. In different district courts, a hydraulic fracturing rule was preliminarily enjoined pending final resolution of litigation, while another district court rejected a challenge to a rule withdrawal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contributed all of the rules of interest, including ozone standards,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/7/15: Inter-agency Sub-delegation; WOTUS Injunction Limited & Mineral Payments Disclosure Reset

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Regulatory highlights from the last week could fill pages, but only three receive attention here. First, another court of appeals weighed in against one agency subdelegating authority to another agency. Second, a following up on last week’s Waters of the United States preliminary injunction clarified application to the plaintiff States. And third, a district court… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/31/15: WOTUS Dammed, but How Much?

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

One highlight from the last week in regulatory practice overshadowed all else: confusion over fundamental administrative law and judicial review issues far beyond the confines of environmental law became evident in conflicting court decisions and the damming of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/24/15: Conflict Minerals Demise; Home Health Care Reversal & Ministerial Removal

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

Three completely different and unrelated regulatory events in the past week deserve attention. A confluence of coincidences last Tuesday illustrated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution limits on symbolic rather than functional regulation. At the same time, changed facts and a changed industry justify a change in regulation. Finally, some rules are purely… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/20/15: More WOTUS Litigation; Contraceptive Coverage Uncovered & Employee / Independent Contractor Guidance

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

As Washington swelters, the regulatory docket remains relatively cool. Among last week’s highlights, litigants further challenged the regulatory jurisdictional definition of “Waters of the United States” and the current, now published final iteration of Obamacare contraceptive coverage rules generate more issues for potential litigation. On a less-than-regulatory front, new guidance on the distinction between employees… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 06/29/15: Fracking Rule Stayed; Gainful Employment Passing Grade; Waters of the United States; & ACUS Recommendation

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Aside from the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)’s end of Term fireworks (covered previously and later today), a few highlights in regulatory practice from the last week included a stay of the Department of the Interior (DOI)’s hydraulic fracturing rule for federal and Indian lands and summary judgment in favor of the Department of Education… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare Subsidies at Chevron “0” – Cautions to Congress and the Agencies

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today decided, in King v. Burwell, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or PPACA) permitted health care insurance premium tax subsidies for those enrolled in Federal Exchanges, not just State Exchanges. But there is a catch: SCOTUS found Obamacare so poorly written that ambiguity must be… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/22/15: Truck Emissions Standards & Orphan Drugs Revisited

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

While we await the major decisions of the year by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), the regulatory process was relatively quiet last week. The most significant activity focused on proposed emission standards for heavy duty trucks and a proposed rethinking of the orphan drug program, both of which deserve critical review for regulatory process… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/15/15: Final Rules, not Proposed; Open Internet Unstayed & Effective; Complete Agency Rulemaking Records; Aircraft Engine Endangerment; & Food Safety Returns

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Federal courts reminded by agencies and litigators of lessons they should have previously learned last week, while agencies banked more fuel for future regulatory fires. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reiterated that only final rules, not proposed rules, are subject to judicial review, and it also denied a… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/8/15: A Good Week for EPA; NLRB Case Representation Challenges; & More H-2B Litigation

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

This week, litigation updates: The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week cleared out a myriad of challenges to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and decisions based on regulations – all in favor of the EPA. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) also succeeded in defending their second union… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/1/15: Final Waters of the United States; Proposed RFS Returns; SCOTUS in June; & Immigration Executive Action Non-Action

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

This week’s review focuses on two significant environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): preliminary release of a final definition of “waters of the United States” and release of a proposed rule to establish multiple years of volume requirements for renewable fuels, at least in part in response to a proposed consent decree. On… Continue Reading

5th Circuit Continues Temporary Bar of Immigration Executive Action

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an extensive but divided panel opinion, today denied the Obama Administration’s request to stay a preliminary injunction of its immigration executive action to grant work authorization to several million aliens. Texas and 25 other states challenged the specific executive action claiming (among other things)… Continue Reading

Tuesday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/26/15: Tailoring Snakes; COOL Trade; Spring 2015 Unified Agenda; & Approaching WOTUS Storm

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Welcome back from the Memorial Day holiday with a slightly delayed review of last week’s highlights in regulatory practice. As expected, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered a tailored preliminary injunction of the Department of the Interior (DOI)’s regulation of interstate transfers of certain harmful snakes. The World Trade Organization… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/18/15: Snakes in the Interior; Traditional Waters of the United States; Retirement Account Fiduciary Standards; & Upcoming Discussions of Interest

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

A most interesting opinion from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia preliminarily enjoined the Department of the Interior (DOI) from enforcing regulations that prohibited the interstate transportation of two species of reptiles found to be “injurious” under the Lacey Act. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/11/15: Wholesale & Retail Electricity; FLSA Overtime Regulations; and Renewable Fuel Standards

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

Three different and recurring intersections of regulations and litigation highlight the past week. The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) added another case to the oral argument calendar with potentially significant regulatory implications. The Department of Labor (DOL) finally submitted a proposal to revise the executive and administrative exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/4/15: SCOTUS Statutory Standing; Emergency Generators; & H-2B Regulations Again

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

Three unrelated highlights from last week in regulatory practice: The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed last Monday to consider a case of private causes of action that has potentially stunning constitutional and regulatory implications. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit “reversed” an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/27/15: Open Internet Challenges; Fiduciary Duty Comments Request; & H-2B Temporary Worker Regulations Authority

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process

Three short updates to last week’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review: New challenges to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open internet rule will likely cause another judicial lottery, and one of the petitions for review has a twist. Several groups of financial professionals asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to extend the comment period for the… Continue Reading