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Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Regulations Respond to Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College: A Preliminary Review

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

The Administration released new and expected revisions and proposals to Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations to address exemption from the contraceptives mandate for non-profit and for-profit organizations in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions.  One interim final rule (IFR) addresses non-profits related to religious institutions, while… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/4/14: Obamacare Tax Subsidies Intercircuit Conflict & COOL First Amendment Regulations

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

Little new and unexpected agencies activity compels review in the last week, but the courts were fully engaged on two very different, critical regulatory issues.  The intercircuit conflict over whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may adopt regulations extending Obamacare tax credits beyond the 16 State-established Obamacare exchanges to include the federal-established exchanges in 34… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/28/14: Contraception Regulations Revision; Advisory Committee Appointments; Orphan Drugs; and Oil & Ethanol Rail Cars

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

A number of volatile issues made ripples in regulatory practice last week that will not be found in the general media.  The saga of the religious exemption from the contraceptives mandate in Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) added an introduction to a new chapter last week when the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Immediate Intercircuit Conflict: 4th Circuit Upholds IRS Obamacare Regulations Extending Tax Subsidies to Federal Exchanges

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

On this, the same day as the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit took the opposite tack in King v. Burwell: finding that the provisions of Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA), taken together, were ambiguous, and apply Chevron Step 2… Continue Reading

SCOTUS: Obamacare Contraceptive Rule Failed to Accommodate Corporate Owner’s Religious Rights

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today required the Obama Administration to implement Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) and it’s regulations to permit closely held corporations to decline to purchase preventative or contraceptive health care coverage that would violate their owners’ religious beliefs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.  SCOTUS found that… Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Review D.C. Circuit Constitutional Non-delegation Decision that Amtrak is a Railroad, Not a Regulator

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today granted certiorari in DOT v. Association of American Railroads (U.S. No. 13-1080) to review of a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that Congress unconstitutionally granted Amtrak regulatory authority over its priority of service among railroads.  Such a delegation, according… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/9/14: Changing Interpretive Rules; Benefit / Cost Analysis Summary; Acronyms & Initializations Caution; and Maintenance Week

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

Today’s review defies categorization, but four significant unrelated events are worth noting.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today may grant review in a critical regulatory case raising the necessity of following notice and comment rulemaking for an agency to alter an existing interpretive rule, setting the stage for argument and decision next Term in… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Directive – Consistency and Non-Acquiescence: Conflict in Need of Further Rulemaking

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Act (CAA) directive that implemented a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit only in that circuit.  National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project v. EPA illustrates several classic… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Allows IRS Arrogant Indifference to APA Violation in Telephone Long Distance Excise Tax Cases

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently permitted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to retain several billion dollars in “ill-gotten gains” in a highly technical opinion of In Re: Long-Distance Telephone Service Federal Excise Tax Refund Litigation – MDL 1798.  The IRS continued to levy an excise tax without authorization,… 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 – 3/3/14: FDA Food Labeling; DOJ Guidelines on Journalist Subpoenas; & EPA Greenhouse Gas Data

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

Odds and ends from the Federal Register last week  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed wholesale changes in food labeling, a White House priority.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a non-regulatory controversial final policy on how it will relate to news media in requesting information and… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/17/14: Obamacare Employer Mandate & Marijuana Dispensary Banking

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

Another seemingly quiet week was punctuated by incursions on the twilight zone between regulations and guidance.  The Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) delayed and refined the Obamacare employer mandate by a final rule.  On the other hand, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) attempted to… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Upholds Labor H-2B Regulations & Confuses Agency Rulemaking Jurisdiction

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently upheld the Department of Labor (DOL) promulgation of regulations governing the calculation of the minimum wage a United States employer must offer to recruit non-agricultural foreign workers under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “H-2B” visa program in Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary United… 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 – 1/13/14: Electric Generating Emissions; Demise of the NLRB Posting Rule; Obamacare Regulation by Blog Post; Aircraft Repair Stations Coordination; Unified Agendas & Regulatory Plans

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

The beginning of a new year raises several process questions for regulatory practitioners.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new proposed rule to limit emissions from new electric power generators – a rule EPA released several months ago, but only published last week.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/6/14: Obamacare @ SCOTUS; Mortgage Disclosure Relief; Wood Burning Stoves; and Firearms & Mental Health

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

The end of 2013 was hardly quiet, with five notable events worth highlighting.  While this blog has foresworn further coverage of the crenelated litigation in the United States District Courts over the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirements, one case has moved to an unusual posture before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) though it may not… 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

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

SCOTUS Argument Review: Sandifer, Changing Clothes, and Sleeping Dogs

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Today’s oral argument before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel yielded largely what was expected.  SCOTUS – and the parties – barely touched upon the issue of the Department of Labor (DOL)’s shifting policy on what constitutes changing clothes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and focused their attention… 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 – 10/21/13

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

United States Government agencies lurched back into business and began to resolve the problems created by their absence, to the extent they can – and litigation has already commenced over the legality of a number of agency actions during the shutdown.  Post-reopening, some agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have attempted to make… Continue Reading

Judicial Review of An Orderly Shutdown of Government – Regulatory Process

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

The Government is closed – somewhat – and the regulatory process surely is winding down but will not entirely stop.  The funding lapse with closing the books on FY2013 and no appropriations in place for FY2014 set in motion an “orderly shutdown” yesterday.  What that means from a regulatory process perspective is as varied as… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/30/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The weekly scour of administrative law sources occasionally comes up very dry.  Readers are welcome to provide tips and pointers on current events relating to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), and all significant things regulatory related to the federal agencies and their… Continue Reading