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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/8/14: Immigration Executive Action; H2B Wage Rates; Regulations & Non-Discretionary Duties; and Waters of the United States

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

The immigration “executive action” became much clearer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolling out a variety of memoranda implementing the President (POTUS)’s priorities, but there was no, and many not have ever been, an “Executive Order.”  Nonetheless, the first legal challenge has been filed and the state of affairs deserves review.  On another… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/29/14: SCOTUS 2014 Term Preview

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

Rather than looking back to last week, this edition of the Monday Morning Regulatory Review focuses on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) return to the conference room this morning, and to the bench on October 6, after a three-month flextime / flexplace schedule.  SCOTUS will take up a number of critical regulatory and administrative… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/22/14: CFTC Extraterritorial Application; Food Safety Rules; & OMB Reviews

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

Summer is clearly over and the regulatory machinery is back up to full speed.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia remanded without vacatur more than half a dozen Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) rules for failure to adequately explain the costs and benefits of extraterritorial application of those rules.  Within the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/14/14: Hobby Lobby Legislation; Guidance Finality; & Minimum Wage Extension

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation, Regulatory Process

Each branch of government contributed a highlight to an otherwise somnambulant summertime week.  Congressional members responded to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Hobby Lobby decision with new legislation that raises new questions.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/7/14: Hobby Lobby Realities; Open Internet, Closed FCC; and ACUS Recommendations: Preambles as Guidance & Ex Parte Contacts

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

The holiday-shortened week was highlighted by judicial and Administration reaction to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Administration failed to comply with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in promulgating Obamacare preventative contraceptive care exemption regulations – and the issue will return frequently as the parties and… Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Decide Whether Rulemaking Is Required When Agencies Change Established Guidance on Statutes and Regulations

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today granted certiorari in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association and Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Association and consolidated the cases for one hour of oral argument next term.  These two cases arise from the previously noted United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in Mortgage… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/19/14: Open Internet or Net Neutrality; Broadcaster Shared Resources; Conflict Mineral Stays III; Coal Dust Consolidation; & ACUS Agenda

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

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed their response to the loss of their “net neutrality” rules, and a petition was filed challenging guidance on transactions under the broadcast ownership rules, another sore spot in the FCC’s regulatory warehouse.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to stay the remainder… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/31/14: Obamacare Extension; Waters of the United States; IRS Meets Bitcoin; & COOL Regulations Preliminary Injunction Denial Affirmed

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

Anthology of the highlights of the last week in regulatory practice is somewhat focuses on some large issues that drew immediate attention, even if the substantive resolutions are many years away.  Foremost (of course) is the latest adjustment in Obamacare in Bulletins from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/3/14: FDA Food Labeling; DOJ Guidelines on Journalist Subpoenas; & EPA Greenhouse Gas Data

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

Odds and ends from the Federal Register last week  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed wholesale changes in food labeling, a White House priority.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a non-regulatory controversial final policy on how it will relate to news media in requesting information and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/23/13: Obamacare Guidance, not Rules, & More Exceptions; Carbon Capture & Sequestration; OMB Reviews; Contracts, Dogs & Cats

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

As the end of year holidays and the health insurance deadline nears, the patchwork of Obamacare fixes and court decisions creating exceptions grows geometrically, making Obamacare less and less universal: at least two core policy changes and three new court decisions highlight the week.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule that may… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/9/13: Deferring Obamacare; International Swaps Derivatives; Economically Significant Right Whales & Social Cost of Carbon Comments

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

Significant events of the past week include a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the implementation of Obamacare – and the legality of deferring enforcement; a new suit challenging the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ongoing attempts to regulate the complex international derivative swaps markets; concluding the latest chapter in protecting the Right Whale… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/4/13

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

Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) remained in the spotlight last week with visible website problems and individual non-conforming insurance policy cancellations, but here the issues are more distinct:  the growing intercircuit conflict over the contraceptives mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and adoption of a new “hardship” exemption… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/28/13

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

The Engine of Government fully engaged last week, paperwork to follow.  The Administration “announced” an interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) that permits more time for individuals to acquire health care and avoid tax penalties, while the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied a preliminary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/23/13

Posted in Regulatory Process

Substantial regulatory movement last week portends future litigation as agencies took major steps that will impose new costs or alter business planning.  The most significant three releases were: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas proposed rules for new electrical generating plants; Department of Labor (DOL) final Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations applicable to home… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/3/13

Posted in Regulatory Process

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not heed calls for extension of the public comment period on a massive rulemaking – granting a stingy extension that will cause more requests.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), on the other hand, delayed the effective date on a major mortgage rule for seven months to try to… Continue Reading

Letters to a Senator: 8th Cir. says EPA violated APA Requirements

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Occasionally, an opinion begs to be quoted, and so no further introduction is needed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit’s March 25, 2013, opinion in Iowa League of Cities v. EPA: The Iowa League of Cities (“League”) seeks direct appellate review of two letters sent by the Environmental Protection Agency… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/30/12

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

Administrative Procedure Act (APA) litigation details dominate this week’s review.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld an airline-advertising rule, remanded part of a health care exclusion decision, and declined to stay a political advertisement disclosure rule.  New to the docket is a petition challenging a biofuels rule because… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/23/12

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its “portland cement” reconsideration and the Small Business Administration (SBA) published three more proposed size standard adjustments.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) submitted a mammoth final 2017 model year passenger car and light truck mileage standard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  At the end of judicial… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/16/12

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

Securities Audit Trail:  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a final rule under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require national securities exchanges and associations to submit a national market system plan to create, implement, and maintain a consolidated audit trail for securities to capture customer and order event information across all markets,… Continue Reading

Regulations and Something Else: DOT’s “Free” Frequent Flyer Guidance

Posted in Regulatory Process

A recurring question confuses lawyers, businesses, and agencies:  When can an agency issue a “guideline” and when must it issue a “rule.”  Several instances of the issue have arisen recently that reiterate why this issue deserves attention. Patrick Rizzi pointed out, for example, that the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new guidance on the use… Continue Reading