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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/21/16: Persuader Rule Set Aside; Nursing Home Arbitration Bar Enjoined; Executive Immigration Action Litigation Postponed; Agency Authority Retread & Final Regulatory Agenda

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

Several regulatory highlights from the last week illustrate the more forthright and subtle aspects of the transition from one Administration to the next.  A judgment in one district court probably sounded the death knell for a major labor regulation while another district court enjoined a regulation barring arbitration clauses.  Judgment and discretion were displayed in… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/31/16: Sex, Identity, Statute, Regulation, and Guidance; Blacklist Blacklisted; Wellness Complaint & Education Borrowers Defenses

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

Four highlights in regulatory practice from the past week present diverse but overlapping issues.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted review in a case that may or may not have significant regulatory implications, but certainly contains drama.  Another Administration priority of enforcing its preferences through procurement contracts was enjoined, setting the stage for a… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/17/16: Mortgage Lending Enforcement Failure; Labor Complaints Contract Clause & Pipeline Emergency Confusion

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

A major loss for the Administration’s policy occurred last week in the failure of a most significant enforcement of post-mortgage-crisis legislation, but not in the organic constitutional way that garnered much attention, but rather in the field of specific rights and administrative law.  A new challenge was filed to another Administration signature regulation – in… 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 – 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 – 7/4/16: Agency Exceeds Authority in Limiting Obamacare Exceptions; Second Persuader Challenge Persuaded; Conviction Guidance as Final Agency Action & Regulatory Deck-Clearing

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

Independence Day – a day to celebrate the right to choose between praising or criticizing the administrative state – or both.  Several courts took exception from Administration regulatory actions in the past week, including a regulation that exceeded the agency’s authority, a regulation that likely failed to comport with a number of superior requirements, and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/13/16: Records Inspection as Unreasonable Search; Union Election Rule Litigation Demise; Statutes or Regulation Compliance Discipline; Regulation-Sensitive Incentive Based Compensation; Commodity Derivative Swaps & Regulatory Flexibility Plans

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

Esoterica seem to dominate regulatory practice last week.  Structure and compliance issues dominated regulatory litigation highlights with the demise of an inspection regulation for violation of constitutional standards, the affirmance of another rule against facial attack rather than as applied attack, and discipline of an official for refusal to violate a regulation.  In agency proposals,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/6/16: Warning Letter Finality; Untrusted Fiduciary Rule Tested; Great Lakes Pilotage Foundering; Oyster Illness Hazard Petition Grounding & Payday Loans Proposal Interest

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. last Monday reverberated on Friday in United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in dynamic Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation.  In two different district courts, expected litigation challenged another Department of Labor (DOL)… 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 – 4/4/16: SCOTUS Seeks Contraceptive Alternatives; Religious Discrimination Regulations; Persuader Suits & Retirement Fiduciary Duties Debut

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rarely orders post-argument briefing, particularly on a discrete but lopsided question, but it did so last week on an issue of agency compliance with specific statutory freedom of religion requirements.  Several agencies, also last week, adopted “regulations” that further express grant administration policy for religiously affiliated non-profits.  Of the… 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 – 12/14/15: 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 – 11/16/15: 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 – 9/21/15: Contraceptive Percolation; FLSA Home Care Delay & Behavioral Science

Posted in Judicial Process, Regulatory Process

Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) percolated back to the forefront of regulatory practice last week with a new conceptual intercircuit conflict. A notice relating to the even longer running issue of labor standards applicable to home health care aids raises questions of how an agency should reset effective and compliance dates… Continue Reading

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 – 8/10/15: 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 – 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 – 4/20/15: Retirement Fiduciary Definition; H-2B Authority Redux; Open Neutral Utility Internet Review; & Contraceptive Mandate

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

A hodgepodge of highlights from regulatory practice in the past week. The Department of Labor (DOL) today publishes its long-awaited and controversial proposed fiduciary duties rule for public comment. Slightly further down a different rocky road, DOL last week submitted two final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that may represent an… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/9/15: Net Neutrality Utility; Statutory Supplements & Foreign Religious Workers; and Regulatory Reform Redux

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

Interesting regulatory events of the past week come from all three branches of the United States Government.  From the independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Chairman signaled his proposed way forward on the issue of “net neutrality” that could become a significant regulatory morass.  A district court vacated several provisions of immigration regulations in the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/24/14: POTUS Immigration Reform; Obamacare Subsidies Docket Clearing; Conflict Minerals Redux; Drones Predux; Renewable Fuel Standards Exdux; and Unified Agenda

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

President Obama (POTUS) finally moved last week to alter immigration policy by signing an executive order and issuing two memoranda, and amid all the political debate over the action, some legal questions need serious answers.  Also last week, several docket changes helped clear different regulatory issues to be ultimately decided by the United States Supreme… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/4/14: Obamacare Tax Subsidies Intercircuit Conflict & COOL First Amendment Regulations

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

Little new and unexpected agencies activity compels review in the last week, but the courts were fully engaged on two very different, critical regulatory issues.  The intercircuit conflict over whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may adopt regulations extending Obamacare tax credits beyond the 16 State-established Obamacare exchanges to include the federal-established exchanges in 34… Continue Reading