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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 – 4/7/14: COOL First Amendment; Rearview Cameras; Electric Utility Safety Standards; & OMB Reviews

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit took a significant step toward giving agencies more definitive guidance on the whether and how information disclosure can be used as a regulatory mechanism by ordering, on its own initiative, en banc review of a panel decision issued only a week ago.  On… Continue Reading

Administrative Procedure Act Logical Outgrowth & Lack of Notice: D.C. Circuit Affirms Vacatur of HHS Hospital Reimbursement Rule

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today affirmed the vacatur the portion of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule setting hospital reimbursement rates because the final rule took a position diametrically opposed to the proposed rule without adequate notice that the final position was a possibility… 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 – 2/24/14: Preliminary Injunctions & Obamacare Contraceptives Mandate; FCC Net Neutrality; & Food Safety Time

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Administration pushed a number of new positions in the past week, but three more discrete actions at the intersection of regulatory process and judicial review of final rules deserve attention.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed denial of a preliminary injunction in the Obamacare contraceptives mandate war because the… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Affirms Permanent Injunction of IRS Tax Preparer Rule – No Authority & a Century of Silence

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today schooled the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (DOTr or Treasury) on statutory construction and the limits of delegated regulatory authority in Loving v. IRS, affirming the district court decision by the same name.  The court found that the… 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

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

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 – 12/16/13: 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

SCOTUS Grants Review of Obamacare Contraceptive Rule & Religious Freedom Rights

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced today that it will hear two cases raising questions of whether the Administration has adequately respected a business owner’s freedom of religion in the Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations when it required that employers provide no cost preventive contraceptive care in employee health… 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

Greenhouse Gases – Statutory Construction & the Length of Regulatory Logic

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) yesterday granted review in six greenhouse gas cases, consolidated them all into one, and posited its own question for argument:  “Whether [the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary… 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 – 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/22/13

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

Two recent cases of interest deserve at least a summary review – the vacation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that deferred regulation and permitting of some carbon dioxide emissions in scientific uncertainty and rejection of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule on whistleblowers in private litigation.  In response to litigation and Congressional… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/15/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

It’s vacation time in Washington and elswwhere.  Four events last week are guaranteed not to provide good beach reading:  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a Unified Agenda of planned regulatory actions and, of more immediate concern, the Federal Aviation Administration released its 1500 hour rule in the wake of Asiana 214’s tailhook… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/8/13

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Regulatory Process

The Administration announcement that the employer sanctions provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would not be implemented for another year, until 2015, stirred debate on the legality of that delay.  On the other hand, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional stirred… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/17/13

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Litigation involving various aspects of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations and operations dominated the past week with quiet endings.  The intense debate over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans for emergency contraceptives Plan B and Plan B One Step fizzled with the government’s capitulation.  The organ donor litigation that captured much… Continue Reading