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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

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 – 12/21/15: Drone Registration; Remand Without Vacatur Time & Commercial Air Efficiency

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

A holiday drone gift contains a new requirement today – registration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On old issues, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a regulatory action and denied mandamus to compel an agency response to a remand. Finally, the Department of Energy (DOE) claimed the… 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 – 11/23/15: Immigration Executive Action Petition; Electric MATS Appropriate and Necessary Finding; Pollutant Good Neighbors; Airport Passenger Screening; & Unified Agenda Expectations

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

The Administration, unsurprisingly but nonetheless most significantly, petitioned the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to review the continuing preliminary injunction against part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not-a-regulation immigration executive action. On the other hand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to a not-yet remand and a remand of different rules. DHS took… Continue Reading

5th Circuit Affirms Immigration Executive Action Preliminary Injunction

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld a district court’s preliminary injunction of implementation of a key aspect of the Administration’s immigration executive action. The court held that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) likely violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by attempting to provide “lawful presence” in the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/2/15: E-Cigarettes on the Plane; IRS Preparers Program and Fees; Clean Power Consolidation & Ozone Petitions for Review

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

Two by two come this week’s regulatory practice highlights. Two interim final rules from different agencies illustrate the timing problems that agencies face either well or not so well, as well as some procedural points about administrative negotiation and fee setting. Regulatory challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan continued to grow… 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 – 10/19/15: WOTUS Unconsolidated; Orphan Drug Misinterpretation; Optional Practical Training Proposed Extension-Extension; & OMB Benefit / Cost Report

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

Some regulatory litigation settled slightly last week as the multitude of district court cases challenging the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule will remain where they were filed. Administrative agencies continue to amend regulations in responses to litigation with varying success, including skirting the issues that lead to a prior regulatory vacatur and a… 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 – 9/21/15: Contraceptive Percolation; FLSA Home Care Delay & Behavioral Science

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) percolated back to the forefront of regulatory practice last week with a new conceptual intercircuit conflict. A notice relating to the even longer running issue of labor standards applicable to home health care aids raises questions of how an agency should reset effective and compliance dates… Continue Reading