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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 – 7/4/16: 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 – 6/6/16: 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

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 – 3/28/16: 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 – 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 – 12/14/15: Water, Jurisdiction, Finality; Mineral Extraction Payments; Hours of Service Reporting; & Renewable Fuel Standards

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) returned to one of the thorniest of briar patches of statutory imprecision and jurisdictional delegation, the Clean Water Act (CWA). Another regulatory issue likely to eventually reach SCOTUS revolves on the scope of First Amendment rights and forced corporate speech, currently joined in one agency’s proposed rule. Two other… 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 – 10/12/15: WOTUS Stayed Nationwide & Vacatur Remedies – Shepherds Wages or Optional Practical Training

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Regulatory practice events of the past week focused on judicial review and agency response. On one hand, the Administration lost a major skirmish in the tangled litigation over the regulatory definition of waters of the United States. On the other hand, two interim regulatory events illustrate the effect of judicial delayed vacatur orders and agency… 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 – 9/7/15: Inter-agency Sub-delegation; WOTUS Injunction Limited & Mineral Payments Disclosure Reset

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

Regulatory highlights from the last week could fill pages, but only three receive attention here. First, another court of appeals weighed in against one agency subdelegating authority to another agency. Second, a following up on last week’s Waters of the United States preliminary injunction clarified application to the plaintiff States. And third, a district court… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/31/15: WOTUS Dammed, but How Much?

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

One highlight from the last week in regulatory practice overshadowed all else: confusion over fundamental administrative law and judicial review issues far beyond the confines of environmental law became evident in conflicting court decisions and the damming of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/17/15: Clean Power Plan Litigation Preview; WOTUS Litigation Update; STEM Extension Vacatur Stay & Delayed Effective Date

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

Highlights from last week in regulatory practice include commencement of litigation over the Administration’s Clean Power Plan in an unusual form while the usual form continued in judicial review of the Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule. Application of “good cause” exceptions to Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requirements led one district court… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/20/15: More WOTUS Litigation; Contraceptive Coverage Uncovered & Employee / Independent Contractor Guidance

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

As Washington swelters, the regulatory docket remains relatively cool. Among last week’s highlights, litigants further challenged the regulatory jurisdictional definition of “Waters of the United States” and the current, now published final iteration of Obamacare contraceptive coverage rules generate more issues for potential litigation. On a less-than-regulatory front, new guidance on the distinction between employees… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 07/06/15: Empty Overtime Proposal & WOTUS Litigation Deluge

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

Two significant actions in regulatory affairs in the week past, other than United States Supreme Court decision, are worth note. The Department of Labor (DOL) published its controversial Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage ceiling requirement in today’s Federal Register, but the proposed rule raises less substance and greater procedural problems than expected. At… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Rejects EPA Refusal to Consider Costs in Power Plant Rules — Remand for Further Analysis

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

A deeply divided United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in Michigan v. EPA, today held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants.” SCOTUS reversed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals… Continue Reading