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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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/25/16: Medicare Reimbursements; Medical Facility Fire Safety; Internet Neutrality Privacy; WOTUS on the Ohio River & Drone Review

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process

This week’s highlights in regulatory practice seem to focus on periodic regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS last week submitted an annual batch of Medicare financing regulations for publication this week, with at least one hidden response to a court.  Not far behind,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/18/16: Immigration Injury Costs & Regulation; FLSA Exemption Definition; Contraceptive Accommodation Remedies; Post Hoc Appropriate and Necessary Notice; Respirable Silica Consolidated; CFPB Appointment & Ratification; and Petitions, Delay & Funding Bars

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

Springtime means the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be busy and they are not alone.  SCOTUS will hear argument in immigration policy and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulatory cases this week, and may consider responses to SCOTUS’ remedies question in the conflict between a regulatory contraceptive mandate and statutory religious rights.  Other highlights… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/28/16: SCOTUS on WOTUS Jurisdiction & Finality; Privilege & Persuader Agreements; and Respirable Crystalline Silica, Morbidity & Mortality Values

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

This week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear argument over a thorny issue of finality when the determination imposes a draconian choice.  The Department of Labor (DOL) took center stage in the regulatory practice last week with the publication of two long anticipated final rules:  exposure limitations on one of the most common… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/21/16: SCOTUS Weighing Regulatory Accommodation; Another MATS Challenge; Overtime Laboring; Speculative Endangerment; & Removing Obsolescence

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

This week the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will take up the latest edition of a significant statutory and regulatory conflict and SCOTUS may soon return to another substantial Administrative Procedure Act (APA) remand without vacatur case.  Far up the street, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began review of one of the more… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/7/16: Clean Water Rule Complicated; MATS Stay Rejected; Airport Screening Legalized; OPT STEM Revision to Avoid Vacatur; COOL Handful of Nothin’ & De-Vaporizing Airplanes

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

Legal minutiae often drives the greatest of issues and last week proves that point with a petition for rehearing en banc over jurisdiction and the denial of a stay. Logistically, compliance with detailed court orders can prove a challenge for agencies, exhibited by action on two judicially-required rules. In addition, even the nondiscretionary rulemaking and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/29/16: WOTUS Functional Jurisdiction; MATS Remand, Vacatur & Post Hoc Rationalization; and Flying Lithium Batteries

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Litigation updates deserve attention this morning with clarification of court jurisdiction over Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations and a new request that the short-handed United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) intervene in lower court petitions for review. At the operational level, a longstanding regulatory debate took on new meaning as an international regulatory body banned lithium… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/15/16: Scalia Passing; Clean Power Plan Stayed; Mandamus, Compulsion, Deadlines, and Escalations; & Light Bulb and Computer Efficiency

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

No event in regulatory practice last week comes near in importance to the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did take the unusual step of granting a stay of the Administration’s signature environmental efforts pending resolution of litigation in the court of appeals and potentially before it. The United… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/8/16: Petitions for Clean Power Stay; Rural Hospitals Shifts; Superfund Insurance; Size Matters More & Pay Disclosure

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

Regulatory practice litigation highlights over the past two weeks include the latest round of applications to stay the Administration’s Clean Power Plan, another problematic rework of Medicare rules for hospitals, and a consent decree to propose superfund insurance 30 years after authorization. On the rulemaking front, the Small Business Administration (SBA) completed critical size standards… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/25/16: SCOTUS Takes on Immigration Executive Action; Clean Power Progresses; STEM Vacatur Delayed; Joint Employer Guidance; Programming Vacation

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

Washington shut down for the weekend, but the administrative process never sleeps. Prime from last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided to hear a mishmash of immigration executive action questions, but may not decide them, while the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided not to stay the Administration’s… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/28/15: A Regulatory Appropriation

Posted in Agency Authority, Legislation

This last column of the year takes a different approach to regulatory practice – a survey of some of the realities of Congressional “review” in the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (CAA16), signed into law December 18, 2015. This massive appropriation includes many different styles of Congressional oversight and intervention – from outright prohibition, to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/21/15: Drone Registration; Remand Without Vacatur Time & Commercial Air Efficiency

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

A holiday drone gift contains a new requirement today – registration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On old issues, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a regulatory action and denied mandamus to compel an agency response to a remand. Finally, the Department of Energy (DOE) claimed the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/14/15: Water, Jurisdiction, Finality; Mineral Extraction Payments; Hours of Service Reporting; & Renewable Fuel Standards

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) returned to one of the thorniest of briar patches of statutory imprecision and jurisdictional delegation, the Clean Water Act (CWA). Another regulatory issue likely to eventually reach SCOTUS revolves on the scope of First Amendment rights and forced corporate speech, currently joined in one agency’s proposed rule. Two other… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/7/15: Drone Registration Prospects: APA Petitions & A Sovereign Immunity Caution; and D.C. Circuit Argument Docket

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

The regulation of drones took a step forward last week, but that step may be very tentative. The interrelationship between general petitions for rulemaking and specific requirements of programmatic statutes was the focus of a district court dismissal, albeit a temporary one. In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/23/15: Immigration Executive Action Petition; Electric MATS Appropriate and Necessary Finding; Pollutant Good Neighbors; Airport Passenger Screening; & Unified Agenda Expectations

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

The Administration, unsurprisingly but nonetheless most significantly, petitioned the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to review the continuing preliminary injunction against part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not-a-regulation immigration executive action. On the other hand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to a not-yet remand and a remand of different rules. DHS took… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/16/15: Food Safety Rules Up; Energy Efficiency Removal; Conflict Minerals Review Denial; & WOTUS Forward

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

The most significant agency action in regulatory practice last week may have been the release of three long-delayed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules. Courts took a number of small steps toward resolving challenges to Administration priority regulations, but no particular signal from these actions appears evident, except for the affirmance of the preliminary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/9/15: Obamacare Contraceptive Non-Profit Sequel; Crowdfunding Uncrowded; & Electric Water Effluents

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted certiorari in seven Obamacare contraceptive coverage cases signaling the return of an agency regulatory compliance issue, not a constitutional or “rights” issue. Still noteworthy, however, are two other recent actions: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adoption of crowdfunding rules and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/2/15: E-Cigarettes on the Plane; IRS Preparers Program and Fees; Clean Power Consolidation & Ozone Petitions for Review

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

Two by two come this week’s regulatory practice highlights. Two interim final rules from different agencies illustrate the timing problems that agencies face either well or not so well, as well as some procedural points about administrative negotiation and fee setting. Regulatory challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan continued to grow… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/26/15: Clean Power Plan Published, EPA sued; And Ozone, too; TSA Mandamused on Body Scanners; Drone Registry Comments and Committee; & Labor Fiduciary Standards Interpretation

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took center stage last week with the publication of the Clean Power Plan and the immediate litigation, but also with today’s publication of new ozone standards. Drawing less public attention, but equally important, a court demanded a schedule for long overdue airport screening regulations, a new advisory committee will consider… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/19/15: WOTUS Unconsolidated; Orphan Drug Misinterpretation; Optional Practical Training Proposed Extension-Extension; & OMB Benefit / Cost Report

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

Some regulatory litigation settled slightly last week as the multitude of district court cases challenging the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule will remain where they were filed. Administrative agencies continue to amend regulations in responses to litigation with varying success, including skirting the issues that lead to a prior regulatory vacatur and a… Continue Reading