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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/7/14: Hobby Lobby Realities; Open Internet, Closed FCC; and ACUS Recommendations: Preambles as Guidance & Ex Parte Contacts

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

The holiday-shortened week was highlighted by judicial and Administration reaction to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Administration failed to comply with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in promulgating Obamacare preventative contraceptive care exemption regulations – and the issue will return frequently as the parties and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/16/14: Legislative v. Interpretive or Procedural Rules; Contractor Minimum Wage; Inflated Size Matters; Changing Interpretation; Regulatory Agendas; & EPA Delays RFS

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

Last week focuses (mostly) on wages and small business.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed another setback to the Department of Labor (DOL)’s detachment of binding requirements from regulations.  DOL, for its part, proposed regulations to increase the minimum wage paid by government contractors, a costly proposed rule… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/9/14: Changing Interpretive Rules; Benefit / Cost Analysis Summary; Acronyms & Initializations Caution; and Maintenance Week

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Today’s review defies categorization, but four significant unrelated events are worth noting.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today may grant review in a critical regulatory case raising the necessity of following notice and comment rulemaking for an agency to alter an existing interpretive rule, setting the stage for argument and decision next Term in… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/2/14: Health & Food Regulations; Expected Electricity Carbon Rule; Waters of the United States; & Acid Rain Litigation

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

The short holiday workweek produced few hard regulatory events although soft indications continue of the federal government’s intent to regulate the minutiae of daily life.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule on long-term Obamacare exchange and insurance market standards and extended the comment period on several food labeling proposals. … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Directive – Consistency and Non-Acquiescence: Conflict in Need of Further Rulemaking

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Act (CAA) directive that implemented a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit only in that circuit.  National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project v. EPA illustrates several classic… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/19/14: Open Internet or Net Neutrality; Broadcaster Shared Resources; Conflict Mineral Stays III; Coal Dust Consolidation; & ACUS Agenda

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

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed their response to the loss of their “net neutrality” rules, and a petition was filed challenging guidance on transactions under the broadcast ownership rules, another sore spot in the FCC’s regulatory warehouse.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to stay the remainder… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review: 5/12/14: Coal Dust Review; Conflict Minerals Stay II; Renewable Fuels Standard; & Particulate Matter

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

Much follow-up on last week’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review, including multiple petitions for judicial review of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (FMSHA)’s coal dust rule and stay litigation in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s conflict minerals rule.  In two new judicial decisions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable fuel standards and particulate… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/5/14: SCOTUS on EPA Cross State / Transport Rule; SEC Conflict Minerals Stay; DOT Trucker Coercion; & TSA Air Passenger Fees

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

Travail between the agencies and the courts present three of last week’s major events in federal regulations while an agency’s view of its authority to change fees by a final rule presents a fourth significant issue.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) reversed and remanded a lower court vacatur of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/24/14: Debit Card Fees Revival; Contractors & Disability Data Analyses; Mathematics & Law; Food Safety Slip; & Obamacare Slide

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

This column changes each and every week as the moving parts of regulatory law shift.  Highlights from the past week illuminate significant government litigation victories in the revival of a regulation that set maximum fees between retailers and servicers of debit cards, summary judgment for the government in a challenge to a rule setting affirmative… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/20/14: Lobbyist Bar Remanded; Indian Country Clean Air Rule Vacated; Prison Telephone Rule Stayed; Obamacare Subsidies Rule and Non-Resident Alien Interest Reporting Rules Upheld; & Volcker Rule Retreat

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

The United States courts in the District of Columbia were the focus of the regulatory world last week, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacatur of the “net neutrality” rule was only the news leader.  The D.C. Circuit also remanded a case to the district court to assess… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/6/14: Obamacare @ SCOTUS; Mortgage Disclosure Relief; Wood Burning Stoves; and Firearms & Mental Health

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

The end of 2013 was hardly quiet, with five notable events worth highlighting.  While this blog has foresworn further coverage of the crenelated litigation in the United States District Courts over the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirements, one case has moved to an unusual posture before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) though it may not… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/16/13: Obamacare Deadlines; Labor Elections Rule; Swaps Litigation; Vacating Empty Rules; & the Volcker Rule

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

Regulatory highlights from the past week include the Administration pushing back the deadline for applying for Obamacare and then begging insurance companies for even more time and leniency.  Two independent agencies – the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on litigation and proposed new rules… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/11/13 – Part II: Litigation

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

In litigation, the Obamacare contraceptives intercircuit conflict deepened as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded two cases for entry of preliminary injunctions against enforcement of the HHS’ regulation, and the /United States District Court for the District of Columbia transferred a case back to the plaintiff’s home district because of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/7/13

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

The funding lapse of the United States Government – or parts of it – has all but shut down the regulatory process.  As noted previously, the Anti-Deficiency Act bars action in violation of appropriation limits and few regulatory actions fall within its narrow exceptions.  Our source of material may have declined, but note readership.  A… Continue Reading

Auer Declined – 9th Circuit Grants No Deference to DOL Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulations, but Persuaded Anyway

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to grant the Department of Labor (DOL) deference as to its interpretation of its own rules in Independent Training and Internship Program v. California Department of Industrial Relations.  Although this decision has very limited applicability to California, the core focuses on the National Apprenticeship… Continue Reading

Pre-Enforcement Judicial Review of Regulations: Dates, Eggs, Bells, and Other Things to Consider

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

An agency final rule normally takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  If that rule has serious substantive or procedural flaws, and substantial detriment to a client, counsel may have only those 30 days to respond.  Once the rule becomes effective, unscrambling the eggs and unringing the bell will be far more… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review: Administrative Law Cases in the 2012 Term

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decides a few significant administrative law cases each Term and the Term just concluded was no exception.  Although “administrative law” decisions do not draw the interest of the more volatile constitutional cases that the general press finds so tantalizing, administrative law and related decisions profoundly affect how Americans live… Continue Reading

Final HHS Preventive Contraceptives Rule and a New Circuit Decision: A Clearer Path for Judicial Review

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Two recent events relating to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and sister agencies’ requirement that employers provide preventive contraceptive services to women through insurance and without co-pay bring several legal issues closer to resolution: HHS published its much anticipated – by courts and litigants – final rule, and the United States Court… Continue Reading

ACUS Adopts Authoritative Recommendations for Improving Federal Administrative Law

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

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) adopted four sets of recommendations at the plenary session of its Assembly last week after some substantial debate and amendment.  ACUS, a highly influential federal advisory committee, often recommends authoritative agency best practices and solutions to problems facing the federal administrative state.  The most recent ACUS recommendations… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/17/13

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Litigation involving various aspects of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations and operations dominated the past week with quiet endings.  The intense debate over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans for emergency contraceptives Plan B and Plan B One Step fizzled with the government’s capitulation.  The organ donor litigation that captured much… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/10/13

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Unrelated events of the past week in regulatory practice include the publication of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed new limitations on power plant water effluents – the result of cleaner air requirements – and wider dissemination of new “social cost of carbon” standards for regulatory impact analyses.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Permits Chevron Deference to Agency’s View of Jurisdiction: A New Void to Fill

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

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) today decided (5+1–3), in City of Arlington v. FCC, that courts do owe agencies deference in interpreting the statutory scope of agency jurisdiction.  The court held that lower courts should apply Chevron deference to agency determinations of their own jurisdiction in ambiguous statutes by rejecting the jurisdictional… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/20/13

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

This week’s review is all about litigation updates:  A new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit struck down President Obama (POTUS)’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as unconstitutional.  The ongoing authority feud surrounding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limitation of the emergency contraceptives for… Continue Reading