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D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Affirmative Defense Regulation – Some Limits on Regulatory Authority

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided last Friday in Natural Resources Defense Council v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that (1) the emissions-related provisions of the 2013 Portland Cement Rule were permissible but that (2) EPA exceeded its statutory authority in a 2010 version by promulgating an affirmative defense… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/31/14: Obamacare Extension; Waters of the United States; IRS Meets Bitcoin; & COOL Regulations Preliminary Injunction Denial Affirmed

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

Anthology of the highlights of the last week in regulatory practice is somewhat focuses on some large issues that drew immediate attention, even if the substantive resolutions are many years away.  Foremost (of course) is the latest adjustment in Obamacare in Bulletins from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review II – 3/17/14: FLSA Overtime Standards; H-2B Wage Methodology; Gainful Employment; & Electronic Logging Hours of Service

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

While Part I of today’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review (MMRR) focused on Obamacare and health care, this Part II focuses on a wider range of regulatory activity.  President Obama instructed the Department of Labor (DOL) to charge into the breach of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations and DOL, on its own hook, proposed another… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/27/14: SCOTUS Enjoins Obamacare Preventive Contraception Rule; NLRB Rescinds Vacated Rule; OMB Economically Significant Reviews; and Social Cost of Carbon & Crystalline Silica Extensions

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) last Friday enjoined enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations on preventive contraception minimum regulations under Obamacare against several non-profit organizations in a procedural order that may be a guidepost for future litigation.  Regulatory activity of interest included the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) best… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/20/14: Lobbyist Bar Remanded; Indian Country Clean Air Rule Vacated; Prison Telephone Rule Stayed; Obamacare Subsidies Rule and Non-Resident Alien Interest Reporting Rules Upheld; & Volcker Rule Retreat

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

The United States courts in the District of Columbia were the focus of the regulatory world last week, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacatur of the “net neutrality” rule was only the news leader.  The D.C. Circuit also remanded a case to the district court to assess… 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 – 12/16/13: Obamacare Deadlines; Labor Elections Rule; Swaps Litigation; Vacating Empty Rules; & the Volcker Rule

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

Regulatory highlights from the past week include the Administration pushing back the deadline for applying for Obamacare and then begging insurance companies for even more time and leniency.  Two independent agencies – the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on litigation and proposed new rules… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/9/13: Deferring Obamacare; International Swaps Derivatives; Economically Significant Right Whales & Social Cost of Carbon Comments

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

Significant events of the past week include a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the implementation of Obamacare – and the legality of deferring enforcement; a new suit challenging the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ongoing attempts to regulate the complex international derivative swaps markets; concluding the latest chapter in protecting the Right Whale… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/2/13: Obamacare, Tax Exempt Organizations, Social Cost of Carbon, and Litigation Management

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Administration made major and often unheralded moves last week on several different issues that deserve highlighting.  The success or failure of the Obamacare website may have dominated the general and political news media, but lurking behind that behemoth political risk the Administration moved with haste to finalize and publish massive new Obamacare / Medicare… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/11/13 – Part II: Litigation

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

In litigation, the Obamacare contraceptives intercircuit conflict deepened as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded two cases for entry of preliminary injunctions against enforcement of the HHS’ regulation, and the /United States District Court for the District of Columbia transferred a case back to the plaintiff’s home district because of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/4/13

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

Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) remained in the spotlight last week with visible website problems and individual non-conforming insurance policy cancellations, but here the issues are more distinct:  the growing intercircuit conflict over the contraceptives mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and adoption of a new “hardship” exemption… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Argument Preview: Sandifer Interpretation, not Auer Deference

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

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corporation next Monday, November 4, 2013, asking the question “What constitutes “changing clothes” within the meaning of Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”  Why Sandifer matters to administrative law practitioners beyond the presented statutory interpretation issue is not readily apparent. … Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/28/13

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

The Engine of Government fully engaged last week, paperwork to follow.  The Administration “announced” an interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) that permits more time for individuals to acquire health care and avoid tax penalties, while the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied a preliminary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/7/13

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

The funding lapse of the United States Government – or parts of it – has all but shut down the regulatory process.  As noted previously, the Anti-Deficiency Act bars action in violation of appropriation limits and few regulatory actions fall within its narrow exceptions.  Our source of material may have declined, but note readership.  A… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/16/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Three significant points of interest this week from three totally different yet all preliminary perspectives: the Department of Agriculture (DOA)’s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations survived a motion for a preliminary injunction pending judicial review; the Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited proposals for new occupational safety standards for crystalline silica; and the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/26/13: Recess Appointments; Food Safety; Sewage Sludge Incinerators; Crystalline Silica & H-2B Wage Methodology

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

Summer recess is the time for judicial details and major regulatory actions.  This week, two more very different opinions arise in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments scrum, more delay in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety regulations is denied, and a small element of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s sewage… Continue Reading

Pre-Enforcement Judicial Review of Regulations: Dates, Eggs, Bells, and Other Things to Consider

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

An agency final rule normally takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  If that rule has serious substantive or procedural flaws, and substantial detriment to a client, counsel may have only those 30 days to respond.  Once the rule becomes effective, unscrambling the eggs and unringing the bell will be far more… 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

District Court Vacates SEC Mineral Extraction Reporting Rule

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated and remanded the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers rule in American Petroleum Institute v. SEC.  The ruling found that the SEC misread the statute on one issue and failed to provide a rational for its interpretation on… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review: Administrative Law Cases in the 2012 Term

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decides a few significant administrative law cases each Term and the Term just concluded was no exception.  Although “administrative law” decisions do not draw the interest of the more volatile constitutional cases that the general press finds so tantalizing, administrative law and related decisions profoundly affect how Americans live… Continue Reading