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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/29/14: SCOTUS 2014 Term Preview

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

Rather than looking back to last week, this edition of the Monday Morning Regulatory Review focuses on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) return to the conference room this morning, and to the bench on October 6, after a three-month flextime / flexplace schedule.  SCOTUS will take up a number of critical regulatory and administrative… 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 – 8/25/14: Poultry Inspection; HAZMAT Harmonization; & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The Administration’s release last Friday of new Obamacare contraceptive mandate rules in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions overshadowed other agency actions last week, but some are noteworthy.  The Department of Agriculture (DOA) published controversial poultry inspection regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed harmonization of hazardous materials regulations with… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/30/14: Hazardous Waste Fuel; Affirmative Defenses in CAA Suits II; Waters of the United States Extension; & Drones & Model Aircraft Interpretation

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

A very busy last week was dominated by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) (near) end-of-term decisions, but some slightly less notable regulatory actions deserve attention.  On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated two separate exceptions to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976… 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 – 5/5/14: SCOTUS on EPA Cross State / Transport Rule; SEC Conflict Minerals Stay; DOT Trucker Coercion; & TSA Air Passenger Fees

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

Travail between the agencies and the courts present three of last week’s major events in federal regulations while an agency’s view of its authority to change fees by a final rule presents a fourth significant issue.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) reversed and remanded a lower court vacatur of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/28/14: Net Neutrality II; Coal Dust; Tier 3 Vehicle Emissions Standards; Beer & Grain Retreat; & Drones Won’t Fly

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

A crowded week of regulatory events means that some highlights must be left behind.  Highlights of the week in review (and the litigation to come) include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reboot of its vacated net neutrality rules, the Department of Labor (DOL) Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (FMSHA) release of its new coal… 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

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 – 3/10/14: Obamacare Delays & Exceptions; Regulatory Budget; & EPA Tier 3 Vehicle Emissions

Posted in Regulatory Process

Last week heard significant noise in the regulatory world with very little actual substantive movement.  The key events were a further delay in the Obamacare revision of insurance plans, while, at the same time, finality on some large employer insurance requirements.  Obamacare reporting reflected a larger sweep of regulatory budgeting – more funds swept (or… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/10/14: NLRB Election Rule Resurrection; Auto Auto Communications; & Lithium Batteries

Posted in Regulatory Process

Among few highlights from the regulatory world last week other than one problematic court decision previously noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) resurrected a union election process rule that had been vacated for want of a quorum.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) took two interesting steps – moving forward with new technology for light… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/3/14: Volcker & Trust Preferred Securities; SOTU Contractor Minimum Wage; Battery Charger Efficiency; Safe Food Transport; and CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

This week in federal regulatory practice was highlighted by agency action rather than litigation, particularly the long-anticipated and delayed publication of the Volcker Rule and its first amendment, formally starting the clock for implementation and litigation.  The most significant action in the Administration’s long-term goals was President (POTUS)’s announcement that he would require federal contractors… 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 – 1/13/14: 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 – 12/30/13: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; and Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

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

The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues.  Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.  The Volcker Rule still awaits publication in the Federal Register,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/25/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

Economically significant rules dominated the past week, with extensions of the comment periods on four Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release of 2014 standards for renewable fuels proposed rule, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completing review… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/11/13 – Part I: Regulations

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

Agencies charged new rules and proposed new charges to the American economy last week with renewed vigor, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s overdue crowdfunding proposal, Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s (and others) mental health parity rule, Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s electronic reporting proposal, Environmental Protection… 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

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

Economically Significant: A Threshold Shapshot of OMB’s Regulatory Docket

Posted in Regulatory Process

The term “economically significant” has a distinct meaning in the regulatory process and is the source of much angst for agencies and regulated industries.  “Economically significant” is not a legal term, however, but a management term – one of several thresholds for triggering review of a proposed or final rule by the Office of Management… 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