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D.C. Circuit Vacates Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Provision & SEC Rule as Violating First Amendment Free Speech

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today, in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, affirmed a district court judgment that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) did not violate procedural requirements or misconstrue the statute in promulgating the Conflict Minerals Rule, but vacated the specific underlying statutory provision and the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/24/14: Debit Card Fees Revival; Contractors & Disability Data Analyses; Mathematics & Law; Food Safety Slip; & Obamacare Slide

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

This column changes each and every week as the moving parts of regulatory law shift.  Highlights from the past week illuminate significant government litigation victories in the revival of a regulation that set maximum fees between retailers and servicers of debit cards, summary judgment for the government in a challenge to a rule setting affirmative… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Remands PHMSA Fuel Cell Rule for Adequate Explanation

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today remanded a final rule that barred butane fuel cell cartridges from checked luggage in Lilliputian Systems, Inc. v. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  At bottom, the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) failed to explain the… Continue Reading

FCC “Net Neutrality” Rules Vacated by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today vacated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “net neutrality” rules in Verizon v. FCC.  At the heart of the net neutrality issue is whether the FCC has authority to prohibit broadband Internet providers such as Verizon or Comcast or others from giving priority to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/30/13: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; and Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

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

The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues.  Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.  The Volcker Rule still awaits publication in the Federal Register,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/23/13: Obamacare Guidance, not Rules, & More Exceptions; Carbon Capture & Sequestration; OMB Reviews; Contracts, Dogs & Cats

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

As the end of year holidays and the health insurance deadline nears, the patchwork of Obamacare fixes and court decisions creating exceptions grows geometrically, making Obamacare less and less universal: at least two core policy changes and three new court decisions highlight the week.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule that may… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/21/13

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

United States Government agencies lurched back into business and began to resolve the problems created by their absence, to the extent they can – and litigation has already commenced over the legality of a number of agency actions during the shutdown.  Post-reopening, some agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have attempted to make… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/12/13

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed review (ubiquitously consistent with change) on several sensitive significant rules last week, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed greenhouse gas reporting amendments and final renewable fuels volumes for 2013, as well as a proposal to fix an Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act problem for Members… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/29/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Several key regulatory events in the past week include decisions from the courts on rules on greenhouse gases, air quality standards for ozone, and conflict minerals.  Two court of appeals split on whether companies can exercise religious views, lessening the likelihood that the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will decide any administrative law issues relating… Continue Reading

Teenagers and Plan B One Step: FDA’s Compliance with a Court Order or Just a Different Decision

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an application by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. to market Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) for use without a prescription by teens 15 years of age and older.  The approval of Teva’s application may or may not comply with the order the United States District Court for the Eastern District… Continue Reading

Administration’s Failing Grades 3: Educational Race to the Bottom?

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The Department of Education (ED) took one step last week in its attempt to better regulate the “for profit” colleges, universities, and other schools:  ED published a revision of a preamble to rules that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded because the prior explanation was inadequate.  Amending a… Continue Reading

CFTC Pool Operator Rule Upheld – Broader Lessons Need Consideration

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

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the agency summary judgment in Investment Company Institute v. Commodity Futures Trading Commission  (CFTC), leaving intact the Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors: Compliance Obligations final rule (as corrected) (the “pool” rule).  Plaintiffs claimed that the CFTC had violated the Administrative Procedure Act… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/15/12

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

Last week a number of small events, mostly in the courts.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s long awaited CAFÉ regulation finally published in the Federal Register; a suit was filed to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s extractive industries reporting rule, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought further review of decisions in Food and… Continue Reading

Delicate Technicalities of Judicial Review of Final Agency Action

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Several weeks ago, this blog alluded to a court of appeals criticism of its district court that focused on the nature of the remedy in judicial review of final agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA): that the court enjoined a rule when it should have set the rule aside.  This criticism may seem… Continue Reading

Judicial Review & EO 12866 Regulatory Impact Analysis

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

A common but little understood Administrative Procedure Act (APA) issue arose from last Monday’s Regulatory Review: How does an aggrieved business acquire APA judicial review of a rulemaking under Executive Order 12886 – the executive and inter-agency review performed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs… Continue Reading

Administration’s Failing Grades: Education’s “For Profit” Debt Measure Rule Vacated

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

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated more Department of Education (DOE) “for-profit college” student loan funding rules on June 30.  In this edition, the court accepted DOE’s interpretation of a statutory “gainful employment” requirement, but rejected DOE’s debt measure proxy and subsidiary reporting and approval rules.  Association of Private Sector… Continue Reading

Labor Enjoined from Regulating Temporary Worker Visas: No Statutory Delegated Authority

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has preliminarily enjoined the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing its Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment of H–2B Aliens in the United States rule published last February and that was scheduled to become effective today.  Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services v. Solis, N.D. Fla. No.  3:12-cv-00183-rv-CJK…. Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/23/12

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

Last Week:  Inadequate economic analysis at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and delay in rulemaking by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were the focus of Congressional hearings.  Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new rules and proposals with both economic analysis and delay issues. This Week:  United States District Court decisions… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/16/12

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation

Last Week:  The post-Easter week was as quiet as the pre-Easter week, but significant new developments are expected.  OMB does not appear to have completed review of any “significant” rules, but one rule that OMB cleared illustrates a flaw in the transparency of the review process.  EPA finally published its proposed rule limiting “new” coal-fired… Continue Reading

Clean Air Act and APA Effective Date Stays: Sierra Club v. Jackson – again

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

The EPA’s Clean Air Act (CAA) rules may become effective in short order, imposing major new requirements on industry: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (Boiler Rule) and Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and… Continue Reading

Judicial Skepticism of Administrative Rulemaking Quality – A Growing Trend?

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

Federal courts of appeals appear increasingly skeptical of regulation in 2011, and may be more skeptical in 2012.  Major HHS, EPA, DOE, DOT, DHS, FCC, SEC, and other rules and rule-based actions were struck down in the U.S. Courts of Appeals because the Administration or the “independent agencies” failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure… Continue Reading