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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/17/14: Obamacare Subsidies Docket; Obamacare 2nd Contraceptives Accommodation & SCOTUS Criminal / Administrative Deference Invitation

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

Last week focused on appellate practice, notably cases related to but not necessarily before, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit delayed further consideration of the issue of whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could interpret the Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/10/14: SCOTUS to Review Obamacare Subsidy Rule; Final Rule Statute of Limitations; Gainful Employment Metrics Litigation; Incorporation by Reference; and WOTUS Comments

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

Last week in regulations was entirely expected – it was all just a matter of time.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed that it will decide this Term whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may, by regulation, extend Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) subsidies to participants in federally-operated health care… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review II – 11/3/14: Gainful Employment; WOTUS Science; and OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The agencies began to get busy in the two weeks running up to tomorrow’s mid-term elections.  Among key events, the Department of Education (ED) published yet another chapter in the gainful employment saga.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the results of a scientific advisory board opining on the Waters of the United States.  The… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/20/14: Management by Executive Order; Gainful Employment Meetings; OMB Meetings; & Record Completion and Privilege

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

A holiday-shortened workweek and a pre-midterm election pause provide the opportunity to review a few miscellaneous topics.  President Obama (POTUS) issued a new Executive Order seeking to improve the security of federal government credit and debit cards, and improve the anti-fraud environment, but with limited effect.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/13/14: Hobby Lobby Implementation; Jumping the Gun on a Final Rule; Extended Waters of the United States; and EPA Rules to Watch

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

Two highly technical cases from the past week illustrate the complexity of invoking federal jurisdiction to challenge administrative action:  one, a failure to sufficiently allege that the harm was imposed by the governmental action and is redressable by the court, and the other an attempt to enforce an interpretation of potentially conflicting statues that would… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/6/14: Failing Grades Episode 4; Oklahoma & Obamacare Intercircuit Conflict; and Contractor Minimum Wage

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

Two district court decisions from last week warrant some comment while agencies added more fodder for the judicial review of rules.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia again revisited the Administration’s failing grades in regulating for-profit colleges, and their scores have not improved, but the court failed to incentivize compliance with… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/22/14: CFTC Extraterritorial Application; Food Safety Rules; & OMB Reviews

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

Summer is clearly over and the regulatory machinery is back up to full speed.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia remanded without vacatur more than half a dozen Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) rules for failure to adequately explain the costs and benefits of extraterritorial application of those rules.  Within the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/15/14: SORNA Good Cause Conflict; H-2B Limbo; & FCC Net Neutrality / Fast Lane Comment Avalanche

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

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit joined the intercircuit conflict over the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) validity of the Attorney General’s regulations applying the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) to offenses committed prior to SORNA’s effective date.  The United States District Court for the Eastern District of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/25/14: Poultry Inspection; HAZMAT Harmonization; & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The Administration’s release last Friday of new Obamacare contraceptive mandate rules in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions overshadowed other agency actions last week, but some are noteworthy.  The Department of Agriculture (DOA) published controversial poultry inspection regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed harmonization of hazardous materials regulations with… Continue Reading

Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Regulations Respond to Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College: A Preliminary Review

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

The Administration released new and expected revisions and proposals to Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations to address exemption from the contraceptives mandate for non-profit and for-profit organizations in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions.  One interim final rule (IFR) addresses non-profits related to religious institutions, while… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/18/14: FERC Regional Electricity Grid Planning; EPA Pollution Permit Applications; GAO Critiques EPA Cost Analysis; and OMB Snapshot

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

The summer doldrums advanced further last week.  Several different actions by the Courts of Appeals warrant mention this morning, including denial of multiple petitions for review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule that manages the development of the nationwide electricity grid and a remand of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution permit waiver… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/11/14: EPA Power Plant Litigation; NLRB Ratifies Administrative Actions; FCC Open Internet / Fast Lane Comments & Attorney General Habeas Corpus Certifications

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

The dog days of summer mean that this column is filled with many odds and few ends.  In new litigation, a dozen states sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claiming that the agency lacks authority to issue a rule that it has not yet been issued.  On the other hand, the National Labor Relations Board… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/28/14: Contraception Regulations Revision; Advisory Committee Appointments; Orphan Drugs; and Oil & Ethanol Rail Cars

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

A number of volatile issues made ripples in regulatory practice last week that will not be found in the general media.  The saga of the religious exemption from the contraceptives mandate in Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) added an introduction to a new chapter last week when the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/21/14: IRS Tax Preparer Suits; Hobby Lobby FAQ; Obamacare in the Territories; Drone Dismissal; and an Upgrade

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

Among its woes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lost another regulatory case for exceeding its statutory authority last week, and was sued yet again.  In other fallout, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of the Treasury (DOTr) released a FAQ in light of the United States Supreme… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/14/14: Hobby Lobby Legislation; Guidance Finality; & Minimum Wage Extension

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation, Regulatory Process

Each branch of government contributed a highlight to an otherwise somnambulant summertime week.  Congressional members responded to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Hobby Lobby decision with new legislation that raises new questions.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance to… Continue Reading

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

SCOTUS: Obamacare Contraceptive Rule Failed to Accommodate Corporate Owner’s Religious Rights

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today required the Obama Administration to implement Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) and it’s regulations to permit closely held corporations to decline to purchase preventative or contraceptive health care coverage that would violate their owners’ religious beliefs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.  SCOTUS found that… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/23/14: Air Passenger Fees; Electric Generating Carbon Emissions; SCOTUS Zenith

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

A short review of significant odds and ends from last week will be overshadowed by major decisions this week.  Among the significant odds and ends, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) promulgated an increase in air passenger security fees under statutory authority to do so without advance notice and comment, but… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Vacates FCC IP Captioning Rule Provisions: Violated APA

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated two provisions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service interim rule (IFR) and final rule in Sorenson Communications v. FCC.  The court provided clear precedent that judicial review of “good cause” exceptions to the… Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Decide Whether Rulemaking Is Required When Agencies Change Established Guidance on Statutes and Regulations

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today granted certiorari in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association and Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Association and consolidated the cases for one hour of oral argument next term.  These two cases arise from the previously noted United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in Mortgage… 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

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