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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 – 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Monday Morning Regulatory Review — 3/14/16: Administration’s Unpublished Grade; OPT STEM ReRule; Joint Passport and Visa Emergencies & Aircraft Performance / Design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 9/28/15: Two Midnight Rule Remand; Final Rules Respond & Proposed Rules Review

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

Judicial vacaturs and remands, and agency responses to them, dominated the past week in regulatory practice. In a new case, a court found that the balancing of equities warranted only a remand for notice and comment rulemaking. Two final rules respond to a prior vacatur and impact present litigation. In addition, two agencies respond to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/1/15: Final Waters of the United States; Proposed RFS Returns; SCOTUS in June; & Immigration Executive Action Non-Action

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

This week’s review focuses on two significant environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): preliminary release of a final definition of “waters of the United States” and release of a proposed rule to establish multiple years of volume requirements for renewable fuels, at least in part in response to a proposed consent decree. On… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/8/14: King / Halbig Delayed & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Welcome back from summer vacation and a brief hiatus for this column.  Even with the Labor Day weekend out of the way, regulatory actions continue at a slow pace.  Of note, two procedural orders delayed the resolution of the intercircuit conflict over whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may permit tax subsidies in States where… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/21/13

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

This past week saw the January thaw from the holidays in regulatory movement.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed review on a number of substantial (if not economically significant) regulations, from arms exports to domestic gun control, and health care privacy.  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/19/12

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

Activity at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun to pick up after the election – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations lead the way.  On the other hand, another court ordered an exemption from the mandatory contraceptive coverage regulation ahead of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitting… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/29/12

Posted in Regulatory Process

Washington (with the Federal Government closed) braces for approaching storm Sandy – not regulatory, at least this week, but the regulatory tsunami appears more destined to occur than ever.  The Spring 2012 Unified Agenda now appears to have been an exercise in futility and wasted resources, as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)… Continue Reading

Food Safety Statute & Delay: Litigating Congressional Deadlines

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

Food safety – what could be more important?  The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, requires a significant regulatory shift by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  FSMA imposed numerous deadlines for FDA to adopt regulations and those deadlines have passed into history without rules.  Given those… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/18/12

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

Regulations: FCC Cell Phone Privacy:  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought public comment on its Privacy and Security of Information Stored on Mobile Communications Devices proposed rule.  The summary published in the Federal Register notes that the FCC seeks comment on its idiosyncratic website on the privacy and data security practices of mobile wireless service… Continue Reading