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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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/20/16: Net Neutrality Upheld; Student Loan De-Arbitration & Removing Affirmative Defenses

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

A court decision upholding the controversial net neutrality rule dominated regulatory practice last week but only for a dearth of other news.  Two proposed rules deserve attention:  another proposal to limit arbitration and class action waiver clauses and a proposal to remove affirmative defenses in certain environmental litigation.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/13/16: Records Inspection as Unreasonable Search; Union Election Rule Litigation Demise; Statutes or Regulation Compliance Discipline; Regulation-Sensitive Incentive Based Compensation; Commodity Derivative Swaps & Regulatory Flexibility Plans

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

Esoterica seem to dominate regulatory practice last week.  Structure and compliance issues dominated regulatory litigation highlights with the demise of an inspection regulation for violation of constitutional standards, the affirmance of another rule against facial attack rather than as applied attack, and discipline of an official for refusal to violate a regulation.  In agency proposals,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/6/16: Warning Letter Finality; Untrusted Fiduciary Rule Tested; Great Lakes Pilotage Foundering; Oyster Illness Hazard Petition Grounding & Payday Loans Proposal Interest

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. last Monday reverberated on Friday in United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in dynamic Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation.  In two different district courts, expected litigation challenged another Department of Labor (DOL)… 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

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

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 – 4/25/16: Medicare Reimbursements; Medical Facility Fire Safety; Internet Neutrality Privacy; WOTUS on the Ohio River & Drone Review

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process

This week’s highlights in regulatory practice seem to focus on periodic regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS last week submitted an annual batch of Medicare financing regulations for publication this week, with at least one hidden response to a court.  Not far behind,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/18/16: Immigration Injury Costs & Regulation; FLSA Exemption Definition; Contraceptive Accommodation Remedies; Post Hoc Appropriate and Necessary Notice; Respirable Silica Consolidated; CFPB Appointment & Ratification; and Petitions, Delay & Funding Bars

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

Springtime means the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be busy and they are not alone.  SCOTUS will hear argument in immigration policy and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulatory cases this week, and may consider responses to SCOTUS’ remedies question in the conflict between a regulatory contraceptive mandate and statutory religious rights.  Other highlights… 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 – 3/28/16: SCOTUS on WOTUS Jurisdiction & Finality; Privilege & Persuader Agreements; and Respirable Crystalline Silica, Morbidity & Mortality Values

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

This week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear argument over a thorny issue of finality when the determination imposes a draconian choice.  The Department of Labor (DOL) took center stage in the regulatory practice last week with the publication of two long anticipated final rules:  exposure limitations on one of the most common… 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 — 3/14/16: Administration’s Unpublished Grade; OPT STEM ReRule; Joint Passport and Visa Emergencies & Aircraft Performance / Design

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

The Administration may have finally dispatched litigation over one of its more troubling proxy choices last week, while agencies responded to one recent potential and one ancient complete vacatur. On a positive note, a new proposal to replace control standards with performance standards deserves a look as a matter of principle if not for its… 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 – 1/25/16: SCOTUS Takes on Immigration Executive Action; Clean Power Progresses; STEM Vacatur Delayed; Joint Employer Guidance; Programming Vacation

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

Washington shut down for the weekend, but the administrative process never sleeps. Prime from last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided to hear a mishmash of immigration executive action questions, but may not decide them, while the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided not to stay the Administration’s… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/18/16: SCOTUS Returns; Law Practice & Mortgage Relief Regulation; V2V Communications; and No Reginfo

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) returned last week to open several new lines of inquiry that impact regulatory practice, but has not yet decided whether the hear the case of the year. At the trial level, a district court invalidated narrow regulations applicable to attorneys practicing law in one federalized realm. The Department of… 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