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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/1/17: Clean Power Plan & Mercury Holds; Litigation Choice & Appropriation Limitation; and Complicated Executive and Interagency Reviews

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

Litigation over two more major rules was put on hold last week, leaving little actual litigation over past Administration rules proceeding – with small exceptions that may be short lived.  At the same time, one court of appeals recognized the reality of appropriations effectively limiting agency discretion – particularly when court orders have consumed limited… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/17/17: Animal Waste Exception Flushed; Ozone on Hold & Review Docket Nap

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

All relatively quiet on the regulatory front – but that could be deceptive.  One notable decision vacated a rule adopted in the waning days of the Bush Administration in 2008.  Many pending cases are being held in abeyance pending review and reconsideration by the present Administration – the latest being a challenge to the national… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/10/17: Gorsuch to SCOTUS while SCOTUS Denies WOTUS Abeyance; Implementing Regulatory Reform Memorandum & Administrator Nominee; and Plain Snakes Not InterSTATE Shipments

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Unsurprising, the Senate confirmed a new Justice last Friday while the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) he is about to join continued adjudicating a minimal regulatory law docket, at least rejecting the notion that it should stay one case where the new Administration seeks to modify the underlying rule.  At the other end of Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/27/17: Lack of Regulatory Plan as Default

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

Regulatory practice remains in a curious near-catatonic state two months after the inauguration of a new Administration.  Legislation is amputating prior rules, almost no affirmative regulatory activity is noticeable, and judicial review has slowed markedly while awaiting the Administrative to state of its intentions.  Doctrinal development has all but ceased for the time being.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/6/17: Gorsuch to SCOTUS; Regulatory Budgeting; Fiduciary Rule Reconsideration; Congressional Disapproval Resurrection; and Petitions & Political Debates

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

A complicated and busy week in regulatory practice requires extended comments and a little patience.  The President of the United States (POTUS) nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and that will likely soon require new thinking about judicial deference to agency interpretations.  POTUS… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/23/17: Transition Continuity of Operations; Stream Protection Suit 2 & RFS Mandatory Duty Suit

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

The first Monday and official workday of a new Administration presents a challenge – agencies have been instructed to hold all regulations for the moment pending further review; implementation will take some time.  On the other hand, a suit to enjoin the prior Administration’s stream protection rule and to compel an agency to consult with… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/16/17: WOTUS Jurisdiction & Venue; Arbitration Bars; Deference without Deference; Mandatory Duties & Remedies; Regulatory Accountability Act Reprise; Expedited Removal and Cubans; Good Cause Overdose & Communicable Disease Incaution

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) added to its argument calendar Friday, including several that could implicate future regulatory practice – including jurisdiction to review regulations and the potential scope of arbitration-limiting regulations.  In lesser lights, a Court of Appeals determined that an agency’s interpretation was correct without the agency, while a district court imposed… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/28/16: Overtime Increase Rule Enjoined; Buckyballs Rule Vacated; and Agency Demarche & Prepaid Cards

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

A short work week did not mean a lack of regulatory substance, something else to be thankful for.  In two significant decisions declaring final rules to be turkeys, a district court preliminarily enjoined an agency rule potentially effecting 4.2 million American wage earners, while a Court of Appeals decision vacated a rule that effectively prohibited… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/10/16: Fiduciary Litigation and Arbitration; Mandatory Labeling Speech & Nonacquiescence Regulation Petitions

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

New grist for the regulatory litigation mill emerged in an additional but very different challenge to one aspect of a suite of highly litigated rules; a follow-on challenge to an agency’s lack of response to vacatur of prior statutorily required regulations; and a challenge to an agency policy guiding how it will respond to adverse… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/3/16: SCOTUS Bereft & Trucking Data Concrete Injury

Posted in Judicial Process

Hard news last week was hard to acquire and the negative is worth noting, but for two points.  First, major nationwide decisions on regulatory process are unlikely in the near future for want of cases on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)’s argument calendar.  Second, a recent district court decision illustrates the problem of concrete… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/26/16: Narrowing Safety Standards Exemptions Still Standards; Money Laundering Adjudication by Regulation; To Be or Not To Be Autonomous Vehicle Policy & Regulatory Week Ahead

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

Regulatory practice highlights this week seem to focus on the margins of general practice and unique relationships of specialty practice.  In one decision, a court of appeals held that an agency failed to follow statutory requirements that supplanted the default requirements while a district court stayed and remanded an unusual regulation as adjudication for failure… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/19/16: Firearms & Mental Health; Plain Future Contingencies; and Medical Facility Preparedness Standards

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

The campaign for the White House overshadows regulatory practice for another week, but some unique issues deserve note.  In one decision, a court of appeals reversed and remanded a dismissal order for further consideration of constitutional issues by the district court in an instance where Congress defunded a regulatory relief program that might have avoided… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/12/16: Silence, Gaps, Limits & Tips; Flashing Lights, Highway Guidance & Standing; and Remanded Emissions Budgets Return

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Two interesting cases were handed down last week.  One is a complicated dissent from denial of a petition for rehearing en banc that raises questions of agency regulation of a subject that falls either in a gap in the statute or outside the subject of the statute.  The second case focuses on standing to challenge… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/22/16: Tobacco Products Guidance Vacatur; Waters Abeyance; Swaps Remand Response & Medium and Heavy Duty Emissions

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

A hodgepodge of actions occurred in regulatory practice last week, including a district court decision vacating part of an agency guidance and a court of appeals decision to hold in abeyance litigation on regulatory efficacy to avoid possible conflicts with a sister circuit.  One agency published a final response to a remand that raises old… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/8/16: Political Free Speech; Tax Preparers End & Intercircuit Nonacquiescence and Consistency

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

Three highlights from the past week in regulatory practice:  One court of appeals found that an agency regulation likely violated a plaintiffs’ rights to free speech as applied and remanded for the district court to enter a preliminary injunction.  A district court brought the long-running competition over preparing tax forms one step closer to resolution… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review – 2015 Term Ramifications for Regulatory Practice

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined or was unable to resolve several regulatory issues in the Term just ended, but its few substantive decisions set in motion significant changes in the regulatory process.  Three cases made key points: Congress may not expand the scope of injury necessary to sue in federal court. While agencies… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/11/16: A Regulatory Litigation Snapshot

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

The shortened holiday week generated few regulatory events and no real highlights, creating an opportunity to survey the major regulatory litigation as this Administration enters its final six months.  This post highlights major litigation over the Administration’s priorities – particularly those stayed or preliminarily enjoined, and those at risk.  The extent of this litigation risk… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/4/16: Agency Exceeds Authority in Limiting Obamacare Exceptions; Second Persuader Challenge Persuaded; Conviction Guidance as Final Agency Action & Regulatory Deck-Clearing

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

Independence Day – a day to celebrate the right to choose between praising or criticizing the administrative state – or both.  Several courts took exception from Administration regulatory actions in the past week, including a regulation that exceeded the agency’s authority, a regulation that likely failed to comport with a number of superior requirements, and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/27/16: Drone Regulations Finally Fly; Hydraulic Fracking Rule Drilled; First Persuader Decision Unpersuaded; Compost Guidance Composted & Civil Monetary Penalties Adjusted

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

With the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) term likely ending today and with no additional regulatory decisions expected, the eagerly awaited drone regulations leads this week’s interest in regulatory practice.  In litigation, district courts finalized setting aside a major hydraulic fracturing rule, declined to temporarily enjoin a significant labor – management reporting rule, and prospectively… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Affirms Injunction of Obama Administration Immigration Policy with Silence

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in United States v. Texas today affirmed the United States Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit decision by an equally divided Court (4 – 4):  the preliminary injunction continues to bar the Obama Administration’s deferred action and employment authorization program for aliens.  The Fifth Circuit decision will have… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/30/16: Agency Delays and Judicial Remands; Gender Guidelines Complaint; Fiduciary Rule Joint Disapproval Disapproval; Education Accountability Accountability & Fueling Renewable Fuels

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

The long-running saga of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempts to provide diversity in the broadcast industry pushed forward by a court last week.  Another court, however, faces the daunting task of sorting out whether a high-profile “Dear Colleague” “guidance” letter actually constitutes a rule that the agency must promulgate through Administrative Procedure Act (APA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/23/16: Clean Power En Banc; FLSA Overtime & Exemptions; Food Labeling; E-Cigarettes Baggage & Unified Agenda

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

More surprises after Spokeo and Zubik leavened last week’s regulatory practice, including an order by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hold en banc oral argument on the many challenges to the Administration’s environmental signature Clean Power Plan.  Major economically significant final rules to hit the street last… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Remands Contraceptives Regulation Cases to Uncertain Future

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Monday remanded to the lower courts its docket of cases raising the question of whether the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sufficiently accommodated religiously affiliated non-profits in its exception from the contraceptives mandate.  The SCOTUS orders in Zubik v. Burwell and its dozen fellow travelers make… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/16/16: Deeming Rule & Litigation; Safety and Health Electronic Recordkeeping; Reconstructed or Modified Methane; Transgender Accommodations Guidance; & Conflicting Disability Compliance

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

Highlights with no surprises in regulatory practice last week focused on the rush to complete regulatory actions.  The Administration issued the controversial tobacco “deeming rule” and a vaping manufacturer immediately sued.  A new electronic reporting requirement must be challenged in affirmative pre-enforcement litigation because the underlying statute may bar challenges to the regulations in defensive… Continue Reading