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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: 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 – 6/13/16: 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 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 – 5/2/16: Amtrak’s Regulatory Derailment; Blowout Prevention; Dodd-Frank Long Cleanup; State and Local Internet Nondiscrimination & Reginfo Missing Again

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Highlights in regulatory practice last week included an arcane railroad timetable management train wreck may have complicated the authority of a number of different government-related organizations.  The Department of the Interior (DOI) finally published its major response to the Deepwater Horizon, but with risks.  Less risky, though not with élan or elegance, the Consumer Financial… 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 – 4/4/16: 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 — 3/14/16: 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 – 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 – 1/4/16: Regulatory Priorities in an Administration’s Final Year

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

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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/7/15: Drone Registration Prospects: APA Petitions & A Sovereign Immunity Caution; and D.C. Circuit Argument Docket

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

The regulation of drones took a step forward last week, but that step may be very tentative. The interrelationship between general petitions for rulemaking and specific requirements of programmatic statutes was the focus of a district court dismissal, albeit a temporary one. In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/30/15: Immigration Executive Action Review; Airport Body Scanners & Drone Registration Recommendations

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

Thanksgiving week is traditionally a slow government period, but a few timing tidbits deserve a nod. Immigration executive action remains a hot topic, even if only timing of when a decision on whether to review might occur. Timing of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations managing whole body scanners at airports remains a problem, but… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/23/15: Immigration Executive Action Petition; Electric MATS Appropriate and Necessary Finding; Pollutant Good Neighbors; Airport Passenger Screening; & Unified Agenda Expectations

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

The Administration, unsurprisingly but nonetheless most significantly, petitioned the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to review the continuing preliminary injunction against part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not-a-regulation immigration executive action. On the other hand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to a not-yet remand and a remand of different rules. DHS took… Continue Reading

5th Circuit Affirms Immigration Executive Action Preliminary Injunction

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld a district court’s preliminary injunction of implementation of a key aspect of the Administration’s immigration executive action. The court held that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) likely violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by attempting to provide “lawful presence” in the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/9/15: Obamacare Contraceptive Non-Profit Sequel; Crowdfunding Uncrowded; & Electric Water Effluents

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted certiorari in seven Obamacare contraceptive coverage cases signaling the return of an agency regulatory compliance issue, not a constitutional or “rights” issue. Still noteworthy, however, are two other recent actions: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adoption of crowdfunding rules and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication of… 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 – 9/14/15: Human Research; Food Safety Rules; Extraordinary Writs Declined; Finality Petition & Obamacare Coverage Regulation Enjoined

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

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.