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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 – 9/5/16: Guns, Drugs, and Guidelines; Nonacquiescence Not Arbitrary and Capricious; & Anti-Bacterial Soap and Passport Over-Regulation

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Labor Day 2016 will be no holiday for regulatory experazzi, at least in this post.  Last week, a court of appeals affirmed dismissal of a host of constitutional claims that overshadowed an ineffectively plead Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claim – and the decision reprises the circuit law on when guidance becomes a rule only to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/29/16: School Gender Identity Guidance Enjoined; Medicare Reconciliation Criteria; Food Rules Compliance Reality; Broadcast Ownership Again – Still & Heavy Speed Limiters

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

Summer’s end (not Childhood’s End) brings the opening of schools across the country without the looming Administration guidance on gender identity.  More complex is the new overhang of Medicare hospital reimbursements that may not be recouped because of an agency failure to adopt criteria through notice and comment rulemaking.  On the other hand, in reality… 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 – 8/15/16: Energy, Coolers & Carbon, and Crude Oil Trains Time

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

A summer lull in regulatory practice provides two significant actions are worth noting.  The first major challenge to the Administration’s theoretical Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) came up short – as did a bevy of other challenges in a court of appeals.  At the other end of the procedural spectrum, an agency publishes today a… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/1/16: Boiler Alphabet Review; Endangering Aircraft & Amtrak Priority, Again

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The highlight of last week in regulatory practice was the massive court of appeals decision on boiler pollution – an anthology of more than 30 claims from nearly 50 different cases – vacating a small amount, and remanding without vacatur a good deal more, but generally finding no fault with the regulations.  On the other… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/25/16: Immigration Rule or Non-Rule Rehearing; Contraceptives Information Request & Zubik Review; Distance Learning Accreditation & Payday Loans

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Inter-convention, highlights from regulatory practice might be sparse, but both litigation and regulation provide some spice.  The Administration filed a petition for rehearing in the immigration policy case and a further response to the remand of a dozen decisions on the Administration’s contraceptive mandate application to religious organizations.  Two rules with regulatory process implications were… 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 – 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

SCOTUS: Agency Must Explain Changed Position or Lose Chevron Deference

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

In a decision turning on black-letter law, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) reiterated Administrative Procedure Act (APA) precedent that an agency must explain its change in position and remanded Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro for further proceedings in the court below.  SCOTUS found that the Department of Labor (DOL) failed to adequately explain its… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Affirms “Waters of the United States” Jurisdictional Determination is Final Agency Action Subject to Judicial Review

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today unanimously (with concurrences) held that in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. that the Armey Corps of Engineers’ decision to assert Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over a parcel of land is a final agency action subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure… 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

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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/9/16: Consumer Class Non-Arbitration; Citizenship and Immigration Fees, Mental Competency for Firearms & Health COOP Exceptionalism

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

Four highlights from last week’s regulatory practice include unsurprisingly swings in money issues and engagement in one of the most emotional topics for any regulatory.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took steps to rein in arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed substantial increases in citizenship and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/11/16: Corporate Inversions Ruled Out; Untrusted Fiduciary Rule; Sanitary Transport; Silica Suits & Agency Authority Constitutional Challenge

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

The Administration fully engaged in institutionalizing its policies through promulgated rules with the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all publishing economically significant final rules this week.  Petitions for review challenged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s crystalline silica rule as expected.  In… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/4/16: SCOTUS Seeks Contraceptive Alternatives; Religious Discrimination Regulations; Persuader Suits & Retirement Fiduciary Duties Debut

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rarely orders post-argument briefing, particularly on a discrete but lopsided question, but it did so last week on an issue of agency compliance with specific statutory freedom of religion requirements.  Several agencies, also last week, adopted “regulations” that further express grant administration policy for religiously affiliated non-profits.  Of the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/21/16: SCOTUS Weighing Regulatory Accommodation; Another MATS Challenge; Overtime Laboring; Speculative Endangerment; & Removing Obsolescence

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

This week the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will take up the latest edition of a significant statutory and regulatory conflict and SCOTUS may soon return to another substantial Administrative Procedure Act (APA) remand without vacatur case.  Far up the street, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began review of one of the more… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/7/16: Clean Water Rule Complicated; MATS Stay Rejected; Airport Screening Legalized; OPT STEM Revision to Avoid Vacatur; COOL Handful of Nothin’ & De-Vaporizing Airplanes

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

Legal minutiae often drives the greatest of issues and last week proves that point with a petition for rehearing en banc over jurisdiction and the denial of a stay. Logistically, compliance with detailed court orders can prove a challenge for agencies, exhibited by action on two judicially-required rules. In addition, even the nondiscretionary rulemaking and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/22/16: Drone Litigation; COOL Removal & Passenger Screening

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

A holiday-shortened week in regulatory practice found new challenges to drone regulations highlighting some of the peculiarities of regulations attempting to catch up with reality. The demise of authority for country of origin labeling regulations caused its originating agency to submit a new rule for interagency and executive review. Completing review of passenger screening rules… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/15/16: Scalia Passing; Clean Power Plan Stayed; Mandamus, Compulsion, Deadlines, and Escalations; & Light Bulb and Computer Efficiency

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

No event in regulatory practice last week comes near in importance to the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did take the unusual step of granting a stay of the Administration’s signature environmental efforts pending resolution of litigation in the court of appeals and potentially before it. The United… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/8/16: Petitions for Clean Power Stay; Rural Hospitals Shifts; Superfund Insurance; Size Matters More & Pay Disclosure

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

Regulatory practice litigation highlights over the past two weeks include the latest round of applications to stay the Administration’s Clean Power Plan, another problematic rework of Medicare rules for hospitals, and a consent decree to propose superfund insurance 30 years after authorization. On the rulemaking front, the Small Business Administration (SBA) completed critical size standards… Continue Reading