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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/24/15: Conflict Minerals Demise; Home Health Care Reversal & Ministerial Removal

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

Three completely different and unrelated regulatory events in the past week deserve attention. A confluence of coincidences last Tuesday illustrated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution limits on symbolic rather than functional regulation. At the same time, changed facts and a changed industry justify a change in regulation. Finally, some rules are purely… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/17/15: Clean Power Plan Litigation Preview; WOTUS Litigation Update; STEM Extension Vacatur Stay & Delayed Effective Date

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

Highlights from last week in regulatory practice include commencement of litigation over the Administration’s Clean Power Plan in an unusual form while the usual form continued in judicial review of the Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule. Application of “good cause” exceptions to Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requirements led one district court… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/10/15: Clean Power & Pay Disclosure

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Two agencies spiced up the normal August vacation interlude guaranteed litigation for years to come: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan final rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) promulgated the Pay Ratio Disclosure final rule. Both rules are expected to become litigation posters.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/3/15: WOTUS Litigation IV; Cross-State / Transport Rule Remanded; Refrigeration Standards Settlement; Labor Elections Upheld Again; Tax Court Vacates IRS Rule & Clean Power Plan

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

Litigation dominated regulatory affairs last week. Procedural posturing continued in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) litigation while gaining some clarity and the Clean Air Act (CAA) “good neighbor” regulations returned to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for further refinement. Litigants asked the courts to partially vacate and remand efficiency standards for walk-in refrigerators,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/27/15: WOTUS Litigation Joined; CFPB Recess Appointment Challenge Revived; Contraceptive Insurance Exception & Immigration Executive Action Regulation

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

Litigation dominated regulatory practice last week. New filings in the Waters of the United States litigation clarified, as expected, some issues and process in nearly a dozen different district courts, and two court of appeals standing decisions will require the Administration to respond to a recess appointment challenge and an individual exception to the Obamacare… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/20/15: More WOTUS Litigation; Contraceptive Coverage Uncovered & Employee / Independent Contractor Guidance

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

As Washington swelters, the regulatory docket remains relatively cool. Among last week’s highlights, litigants further challenged the regulatory jurisdictional definition of “Waters of the United States” and the current, now published final iteration of Obamacare contraceptive coverage rules generate more issues for potential litigation. On a less-than-regulatory front, new guidance on the distinction between employees… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/13/15: Nutrition Labeling Extended; Housing Grants; Contraceptive Mandate Update; Truck Emissions & Immigration Executive Action Again

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Summer in Washington and the regulatory agenda is not on vacation, but small sauntering through large items. For example, one agency has extended by a year the compliance date for a major rule, another agency created a public relations controversy while releasing a much narrower rule, a third agency released only a fact sheet on… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 07/06/15: Empty Overtime Proposal & WOTUS Litigation Deluge

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

Two significant actions in regulatory affairs in the week past, other than United States Supreme Court decision, are worth note. The Department of Labor (DOL) published its controversial Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage ceiling requirement in today’s Federal Register, but the proposed rule raises less substance and greater procedural problems than expected. At… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Rejects EPA Refusal to Consider Costs in Power Plant Rules — Remand for Further Analysis

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

A deeply divided United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in Michigan v. EPA, today held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants.” SCOTUS reversed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 06/29/15: Fracking Rule Stayed; Gainful Employment Passing Grade; Waters of the United States; & ACUS Recommendation

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

Aside from the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)’s end of Term fireworks (covered previously and later today), a few highlights in regulatory practice from the last week included a stay of the Department of the Interior (DOI)’s hydraulic fracturing rule for federal and Indian lands and summary judgment in favor of the Department of Education… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/22/15: Truck Emissions Standards & Orphan Drugs Revisited

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

While we await the major decisions of the year by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), the regulatory process was relatively quiet last week. The most significant activity focused on proposed emission standards for heavy duty trucks and a proposed rethinking of the orphan drug program, both of which deserve critical review for regulatory process… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/15/15: Final Rules, not Proposed; Open Internet Unstayed & Effective; Complete Agency Rulemaking Records; Aircraft Engine Endangerment; & Food Safety Returns

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Federal courts reminded by agencies and litigators of lessons they should have previously learned last week, while agencies banked more fuel for future regulatory fires. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reiterated that only final rules, not proposed rules, are subject to judicial review, and it also denied a… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/8/15: A Good Week for EPA; NLRB Case Representation Challenges; & More H-2B Litigation

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

This week, litigation updates: The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week cleared out a myriad of challenges to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and decisions based on regulations – all in favor of the EPA. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) also succeeded in defending their second union… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/1/15: Final Waters of the United States; Proposed RFS Returns; SCOTUS in June; & Immigration Executive Action Non-Action

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

This week’s review focuses on two significant environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): preliminary release of a final definition of “waters of the United States” and release of a proposed rule to establish multiple years of volume requirements for renewable fuels, at least in part in response to a proposed consent decree. On… Continue Reading

Tuesday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/26/15: Tailoring Snakes; COOL Trade; Spring 2015 Unified Agenda; & Approaching WOTUS Storm

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

Welcome back from the Memorial Day holiday with a slightly delayed review of last week’s highlights in regulatory practice. As expected, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered a tailored preliminary injunction of the Department of the Interior (DOI)’s regulation of interstate transfers of certain harmful snakes. The World Trade Organization… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/18/15: Snakes in the Interior; Traditional Waters of the United States; Retirement Account Fiduciary Standards; & Upcoming Discussions of Interest

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

A most interesting opinion from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia preliminarily enjoined the Department of the Interior (DOI) from enforcing regulations that prohibited the interstate transportation of two species of reptiles found to be “injurious” under the Lacey Act. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/11/15: Wholesale & Retail Electricity; FLSA Overtime Regulations; and Renewable Fuel Standards

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

Three different and recurring intersections of regulations and litigation highlight the past week. The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) added another case to the oral argument calendar with potentially significant regulatory implications. The Department of Labor (DOL) finally submitted a proposal to revise the executive and administrative exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/13/15: Waters of the United States; Renewable Fuels Consent Decree; Open Internet Utility Rule; Shepherd’s Wages; Immigration Executive Action Litigation VII; and Religious Workers & Legal Status

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

Half a dozen highlights from regulatory practice last week – from environmental to communications, to labor to immigration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Engineers) submitted a controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule for executive and interagency review, and EPA also proposed resolution of the long delayed Renewable… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/9/15: H-2B Regulations Vacated – Again; Immigration Executive Action Litigation IV; and Aircraft Engines & Greenhouse Gases

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

Last week’s highlights in regulatory practice were few and tread familiar ground, but have much meaning. The Department of Labor (DOL) suffered another loss in the jurisdictional kerfuffle over the non-agricultural workers visa program when a district court vacated its 2008 regulations, just as it had previously done with more recent regulations, and contrary to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/2/15: OMB Review Substance, Process, Docket & Issues

Posted in Regulatory Process

Last night, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned drones (and nearly all other flight) from within 30 nautical miles (34.5 miles) and under 18,000’ mean sea level of Super Bowl XLIX in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), while its proposed rule to regulate the use of drones – technically known as… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/26/15: Florescent Lights & Analytical Balance; NESHAP & Affirmative Defenses; and WOTUS Supporting Documents & Public Comments

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Focus recently on the courts does not mean that the agencies have been silent, and while they have been relatively quiet, they continue to raise some interesting issues.  For example, the Department of Energy (DOE) today published the latest in a long series of energy efficiency rulemakings and one that will affect every consumer.  The… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/19/15: Judicial Review of Agency Standards of Discretion; Regulatory Takings Standards; FLSA Home Care Regulations II; NLRB Elections Rule Litigation IIA; Be Sued & Settle

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted review in several cases with significant regulatory implications last Friday – neither of which is the case that has drawn all the press attention and both of which should be decided early this summer.  In one case, SCOTUS may be approaching the twilight zone of judicial review of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/5/15: Ozone Standards Authority; Toxic Spent Munitions; FLSA Home Care Regulations; Medicaid Hospital Limits FAQ; & Immigration Executive Action

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

Welcome to 2015, the fourth year of the Federal Regulations Advisor.  Two short holiday workweeks are compiled today in one loaded post.  The agencies may have been (largely) quiet, but the courts provided grist for the mill.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated parts of the Environmental Protection… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/22/14: H-2B Visa Regulation Vacated; Immigration Executive Action Dicta; Agency Regulatory Plans & OMB Completions; EPA Coal Ash Rules; Uniform Grant Rules; Trucker Hours of Service; & ACUS Recommendations

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

The penultimate Monday of the year, when many federal workers are using rather than losing annual leave, is hardly the time to believe that the regulatory machine is slowing down.  Quite to the contrary, after Congress has left town, both the courts and the agencies remain at full throttle.  Judicial highlights of the past week… Continue Reading