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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 – 7/13/15: 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 – 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

5th Circuit Continues Temporary Bar of Immigration Executive Action

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an extensive but divided panel opinion, today denied the Obama Administration’s request to stay a preliminary injunction of its immigration executive action to grant work authorization to several million aliens. Texas and 25 other states challenged the specific executive action claiming (among other things)… 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 – 4/27/15: Open Internet Challenges; Fiduciary Duty Comments Request; & H-2B Temporary Worker Regulations Authority

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

Three short updates to last week’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review: New challenges to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open internet rule will likely cause another judicial lottery, and one of the petitions for review has a twist. Several groups of financial professionals asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to extend the comment period for the… 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 – 3/30/15: Open Internet Randomness to the Courthouse; State / Local Internet Preemption; Immigration Executive Action Litigation VI; Same-Sex Family Medical Leave Regulations Preliminary Injunction; Fuel Cells & Airplanes

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

Litigation and agency responses dominate last week’s regulatory practice. Two different protective petitions for review of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s open internet / net neutrality / net utility final rules were filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Fifth Circuit, and a State challenged the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/16/15: Functional Delegation Test; Open Internet Neutrality Rule Opened; Immigration Executive Action Litigation V

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

Three regulatory highlights for the past week do not appear to have any discernable connections. The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) disappointed (or maybe disowned) a cousin of the constitutional nondelegation doctrine by reversing and remanding a case limited to the regulatory power of a unique government corporation – Amtrak. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)… 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 – 3/2/15: Open Utility Internet; Immigration Executive Action Litigation III; and Retirement Investment Fiduciaries

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Regulations were a significant topic in the news last week, led by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to treat internet service providers as a common carrier and left the general public in the dark. Litigation over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum on granting status to parents and children of aliens who otherwise… Continue Reading

Monday Afternoon Regulatory Review – 2/23/15: Drone Release & Problems; Arctic Drilling; Immigration Executive Action Litigation II & IIA; and Agriculture High-Stepping Authority

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

The most noteworthy highlight of this week in review is the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication of the much anticipated proposed drone rule – which, now that it is available, may or may not have justified the anticipation. The Department of the Interior (DOI) will publish tomorrow a proposal to revise… Continue Reading

Immigration Executive Action Preliminary Injunction – A Hold on Benefits and Costs for Now

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

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas preliminarily enjoined the United States, its agencies, officials, and employees from implementing all aspects of President Obama’s (or POTUS) executive action on immigration on the eve of implementation pending further order of the court or higher judicial authority. In essence, the district court found… 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 – 9/15/14: SORNA Good Cause Conflict; H-2B Limbo; & FCC Net Neutrality / Fast Lane Comment Avalanche

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

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit joined the intercircuit conflict over the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) validity of the Attorney General’s regulations applying the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) to offenses committed prior to SORNA’s effective date.  The United States District Court for the Eastern District of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/22/13

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

Two recent cases of interest deserve at least a summary review – the vacation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that deferred regulation and permitting of some carbon dioxide emissions in scientific uncertainty and rejection of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule on whistleblowers in private litigation.  In response to litigation and Congressional… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/27/13

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

This week, a little more movement toward the Supreme Court resolving the constitutionality of intrasession recess appointments – and the impact on a number of regulations approved by such recess appointees.  A new study outlines to some extent the (environmental) agency practice of being sued by environmental supportive groups and settling on regulatory timing and… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Permits Chevron Deference to Agency’s View of Jurisdiction: A New Void to Fill

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

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) today decided (5+1–3), in City of Arlington v. FCC, that courts do owe agencies deference in interpreting the statutory scope of agency jurisdiction.  The court held that lower courts should apply Chevron deference to agency determinations of their own jurisdiction in ambiguous statutes by rejecting the jurisdictional… Continue Reading

Deepwater Horizon – Agency Actions, Injunctions, and (Not) Contempt

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sent a gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  Deepwater Horizon also sent a gusher of litigation into the federal courts:  the recent decision in Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC v. Salazar illustrates the care needed in seeking and enforcing an injunction against an agency of… Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Decide on Deference to Agency Jurisdiction Interpretations

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court agreed to review the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision in City of Arlington, Texas v. FCC, limited to the question of whether courts should apply Chevron deference in reviewing an agency’s determination of its own jurisdiction.  This grant of certiorari sets the stage for resolution… Continue Reading

Conflicting Decisions on Delegated Rulemaking Authority: the Uncertain Fate of H-2B Regulations

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

A new decision in Louisiana Forestry Assn. v. Solis upheld the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H-2B Program, adding another piece to a confusing jigsaw puzzle over the efficacy of the H-2B regulations.  District Court decisions upholding regulations normally do not garner major attention by this blog because there… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/6/12

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

Last week had a little of everything.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noticed a reconsideration of some issues pending judicial review and backed out regulations determined to violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that Congress left a discrete authority in the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Plain Meaning & A Warning to Agencies: Supreme Court’s RESPA Decision

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation

The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously took Congress at its word last week.  The Court decided that an unlawful division of mortgage processing or origination fees requires that the fees be divided.  The Court found the “plain language” of the Real Estate Procedures Act of 1974 (“RESPA”) to be controlling in Freeman v…. Continue Reading