All relatively quiet on the regulatory front – but that could be deceptive. One notable decision vacated a rule adopted in the waning days of the Bush Administration in 2008. Many pending cases are being held in abeyance pending review and reconsideration by the present Administration – the latest being a challenge to the national… Continue Reading
Regulatory practice remains in a curious near-catatonic state two months after the inauguration of a new Administration. Legislation is amputating prior rules, almost no affirmative regulatory activity is noticeable, and judicial review has slowed markedly while awaiting the Administrative to state of its intentions. Doctrinal development has all but ceased for the time being.
Welcome back for the fifth anniversary post of the Federal Regulations Advisor (No. 393) and a new year of poking the Federal regulatory bear (and sometimes praising it). Among highlights from regulatory practice in the past few weeks are a recurring regulatory misinterpretation of a statute of limitations, a new intercircuit conflict over appointments of… Continue Reading
Understanding the regulatory significance of the 2016 Presidential election focuses on both the authority of the current President of the United States (POTUS) and the President-elect of the United States. The current POTUS, quite naturally, will seek to institutionalize his legacy while the incoming POTUS will seek to undo his predecessor’s regulatory actions that are… Continue Reading
Regulatory practice highlights this week seem to focus on the margins of general practice and unique relationships of specialty practice. In one decision, a court of appeals held that an agency failed to follow statutory requirements that supplanted the default requirements while a district court stayed and remanded an unusual regulation as adjudication for failure… Continue Reading
The shortened holiday week generated few regulatory events and no real highlights, creating an opportunity to survey the major regulatory litigation as this Administration enters its final six months. This post highlights major litigation over the Administration’s priorities – particularly those stayed or preliminarily enjoined, and those at risk. The extent of this litigation risk… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
The end of 2015 warranted a review of Congressional regulatory interventions and limitations, and the beginning of 2016 warrants a review of expectations for the coming (Presidential election) year – the final year of an Administration, a final chance to establish its regulatory legacy. Do not confuse this review with the Unified Agenda, a mere… Continue Reading
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
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
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
New food safety rules and a proposed common rule on protection of human subjects in research deserve attention in the regulatory process. An unsurprising denial of an extraordinary writ and an unsurprising petition for certiorari deserve as much attention as a surprising injunction against an insurance coverage regulation in the judicial 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
Two agencies spiced up the normal August vacation interlude guaranteed litigation for years to come: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan final rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) promulgated the Pay Ratio Disclosure final rule. Both rules are expected to become litigation posters.
Litigation dominated regulatory affairs last week. Procedural posturing continued in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) litigation while gaining some clarity and the Clean Air Act (CAA) “good neighbor” regulations returned to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for further refinement. Litigants asked the courts to partially vacate and remand efficiency standards for walk-in refrigerators,… Continue Reading