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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/20/17: Delay Challenge; Withdrawal Challenge; First Disapprovals Complete with More to Come & Stability Struggles in a New Regulatory Docket

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

Two cases that challenge the effect of a new Administration’s moratorium on rules pending review by new appointees deserve some attention this week – one challenges a delay of effective date while the other challenges a withdrawal from public inspection prior to publication.  The march of regulatory  disapprovals continued to build with the first two… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/13/17: Fiduciary Reconsideration; Executive Order Litigation; Regulatory Deconstruction & Executive and Interagency Review

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

Relative quietude on the surface of regulatory practice belies shifting tides.  A challenge to one major rule from the prior Administration failed, but a new rule is being reviewed to delay the existing rule while a new challenge raises a host of old issues applied to a new Administration.  The First Branch, on the other… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/6/17: Gorsuch to SCOTUS; Regulatory Budgeting; Fiduciary Rule Reconsideration; Congressional Disapproval Resurrection; and Petitions & Political Debates

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

A complicated and busy week in regulatory practice requires extended comments and a little patience.  The President of the United States (POTUS) nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and that will likely soon require new thinking about judicial deference to agency interpretations.  POTUS… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/30/17: High Policy, Politics & Limitations; Withdrawals; and Request for Information not a Proposed Rule

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The first full week of the Trump Administration provided few surprises.  The White House continued to enunciate the high-level policy (or Policy) that its expects agencies to implement and the agencies have retreated to rereview rules that have not taken effect or were still pending review.  A least one hasty final rule met a temporary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/23/17: Transition Continuity of Operations; Stream Protection Suit 2 & RFS Mandatory Duty Suit

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

The first Monday and official workday of a new Administration presents a challenge – agencies have been instructed to hold all regulations for the moment pending further review; implementation will take some time.  On the other hand, a suit to enjoin the prior Administration’s stream protection rule and to compel an agency to consult with… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/16/17: WOTUS Jurisdiction & Venue; Arbitration Bars; Deference without Deference; Mandatory Duties & Remedies; Regulatory Accountability Act Reprise; Expedited Removal and Cubans; Good Cause Overdose & Communicable Disease Incaution

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) added to its argument calendar Friday, including several that could implicate future regulatory practice – including jurisdiction to review regulations and the potential scope of arbitration-limiting regulations.  In lesser lights, a Court of Appeals determined that an agency’s interpretation was correct without the agency, while a district court imposed… Continue Reading

Tuesday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/3/17: Statutes of Limitation & Regulations; Finality, Power & Constitutionality; Another Sex & Gender Preliminary Injunction; Streaming Suit; Effective Date Delay Dance; Inaction as Action; Energy Efficiency Standards Efficiencies; and Irrelevant and Relevant Facts

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

Welcome back for the fifth anniversary post of the Federal Regulations Advisor (No. 393) and a new year of poking the Federal regulatory bear (and sometimes praising it).  Among highlights from regulatory practice in the past few weeks are a recurring regulatory misinterpretation of a statute of limitations, a new intercircuit conflict over appointments of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Transition Review – 12/5/16: Healthcare Funding Responses; Hardrock Mining Liabilities; Mid-Term CAFE; Last Education Regulations Tango & Banning the Personnel Box

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

Signs of increased speed in the Obama Administration’s quest to institutionalize its policies became apparent with the approval and publication of several economically significant / major rules, even more lesser rules, and even a proposed adjudication.  Much publicity has suggested a gaming of the system, but this is a natural result of the end of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/28/16: Overtime Increase Rule Enjoined; Buckyballs Rule Vacated; and Agency Demarche & Prepaid Cards

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

A short work week did not mean a lack of regulatory substance, something else to be thankful for.  In two significant decisions declaring final rules to be turkeys, a district court preliminarily enjoined an agency rule potentially effecting 4.2 million American wage earners, while a Court of Appeals decision vacated a rule that effectively prohibited… Continue Reading

Presidential Regulatory Transition: A Post-Election Monday Morning Review – 11/14/16

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

Understanding the regulatory significance of the 2016 Presidential election focuses on both the authority of the current President of the United States (POTUS) and the President-elect of the United States.  The current POTUS, quite naturally, will seek to institutionalize his legacy while the incoming POTUS will seek to undo his predecessor’s regulatory actions that are… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/24/16: Nondiscretionary Employment Analysis; Discretionary Dismissal Remand; Long-Term Care Arbitration & Immigration Fees, Budgets, and Policy

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

In two very different cases, one district court found that an agency has a nondiscretionary duty to conduct detailed analysis under a statute in taking many different actions, while another district court found that an agency erred in dismissing an appeal because it misinterpreted its own regulations as mandatory when they were clearly discretionary.  An… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/10/16: Fiduciary Litigation and Arbitration; Mandatory Labeling Speech & Nonacquiescence Regulation Petitions

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

New grist for the regulatory litigation mill emerged in an additional but very different challenge to one aspect of a suite of highly litigated rules; a follow-on challenge to an agency’s lack of response to vacatur of prior statutorily required regulations; and a challenge to an agency policy guiding how it will respond to adverse… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/19/16: Firearms & Mental Health; Plain Future Contingencies; and Medical Facility Preparedness Standards

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

The campaign for the White House overshadows regulatory practice for another week, but some unique issues deserve note.  In one decision, a court of appeals reversed and remanded a dismissal order for further consideration of constitutional issues by the district court in an instance where Congress defunded a regulatory relief program that might have avoided… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/12/16: Silence, Gaps, Limits & Tips; Flashing Lights, Highway Guidance & Standing; and Remanded Emissions Budgets Return

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Two interesting cases were handed down last week.  One is a complicated dissent from denial of a petition for rehearing en banc that raises questions of agency regulation of a subject that falls either in a gap in the statute or outside the subject of the statute.  The second case focuses on standing to challenge… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/22/16: Tobacco Products Guidance Vacatur; Waters Abeyance; Swaps Remand Response & Medium and Heavy Duty Emissions

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

A hodgepodge of actions occurred in regulatory practice last week, including a district court decision vacating part of an agency guidance and a court of appeals decision to hold in abeyance litigation on regulatory efficacy to avoid possible conflicts with a sister circuit.  One agency published a final response to a remand that raises old… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/8/16: Political Free Speech; Tax Preparers End & Intercircuit Nonacquiescence and Consistency

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

Three highlights from the past week in regulatory practice:  One court of appeals found that an agency regulation likely violated a plaintiffs’ rights to free speech as applied and remanded for the district court to enter a preliminary injunction.  A district court brought the long-running competition over preparing tax forms one step closer to resolution… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/1/16: Boiler Alphabet Review; Endangering Aircraft & Amtrak Priority, Again

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The highlight of last week in regulatory practice was the massive court of appeals decision on boiler pollution – an anthology of more than 30 claims from nearly 50 different cases – vacating a small amount, and remanding without vacatur a good deal more, but generally finding no fault with the regulations.  On the other… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review – 2015 Term Ramifications for Regulatory Practice

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined or was unable to resolve several regulatory issues in the Term just ended, but its few substantive decisions set in motion significant changes in the regulatory process.  Three cases made key points: Congress may not expand the scope of injury necessary to sue in federal court. While agencies… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/11/16: A Regulatory Litigation Snapshot

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

The shortened holiday week generated few regulatory events and no real highlights, creating an opportunity to survey the major regulatory litigation as this Administration enters its final six months.  This post highlights major litigation over the Administration’s priorities – particularly those stayed or preliminarily enjoined, and those at risk.  The extent of this litigation risk… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/20/16: Net Neutrality Upheld; Student Loan De-Arbitration & Removing Affirmative Defenses

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

A court decision upholding the controversial net neutrality rule dominated regulatory practice last week but only for a dearth of other news.  Two proposed rules deserve attention:  another proposal to limit arbitration and class action waiver clauses and a proposal to remove affirmative defenses in certain environmental litigation.

SCOTUS Affirms “Waters of the United States” Jurisdictional Determination is Final Agency Action Subject to Judicial Review

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today unanimously (with concurrences) held that in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. that the Armey Corps of Engineers’ decision to assert Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over a parcel of land is a final agency action subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/30/16: Agency Delays and Judicial Remands; Gender Guidelines Complaint; Fiduciary Rule Joint Disapproval Disapproval; Education Accountability Accountability & Fueling Renewable Fuels

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

The long-running saga of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempts to provide diversity in the broadcast industry pushed forward by a court last week.  Another court, however, faces the daunting task of sorting out whether a high-profile “Dear Colleague” “guidance” letter actually constitutes a rule that the agency must promulgate through Administrative Procedure Act (APA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/23/16: Clean Power En Banc; FLSA Overtime & Exemptions; Food Labeling; E-Cigarettes Baggage & Unified Agenda

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

More surprises after Spokeo and Zubik leavened last week’s regulatory practice, including an order by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hold en banc oral argument on the many challenges to the Administration’s environmental signature Clean Power Plan.  Major economically significant final rules to hit the street last… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/16/16: Deeming Rule & Litigation; Safety and Health Electronic Recordkeeping; Reconstructed or Modified Methane; Transgender Accommodations Guidance; & Conflicting Disability Compliance

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

Highlights with no surprises in regulatory practice last week focused on the rush to complete regulatory actions.  The Administration issued the controversial tobacco “deeming rule” and a vaping manufacturer immediately sued.  A new electronic reporting requirement must be challenged in affirmative pre-enforcement litigation because the underlying statute may bar challenges to the regulations in defensive… Continue Reading