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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 – 5/30/16: 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 – 5/16/16: 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 11/9/15: 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 – 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 – 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 – 6/8/15: 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 – 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 – 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 –12/15/14: FLSA Security Screenings; NLRB Elections Rule; Contractor Rehab Act Rule; Contractor Inversions & Minimum Wage Rules

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

For some reason, today seems to be Labor Day – that is, all of the significant actions we cover deal with the regulation of employment of some type.  Today focuses on two rules of general applicability and three rules dealing with employment requirements of government contractors.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) surprised many with… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/13/14: Hobby Lobby Implementation; Jumping the Gun on a Final Rule; Extended Waters of the United States; and EPA Rules to Watch

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

Two highly technical cases from the past week illustrate the complexity of invoking federal jurisdiction to challenge administrative action:  one, a failure to sufficiently allege that the harm was imposed by the governmental action and is redressable by the court, and the other an attempt to enforce an interpretation of potentially conflicting statues that would… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/6/14: Failing Grades Episode 4; Oklahoma & Obamacare Intercircuit Conflict; and Contractor Minimum Wage

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

Two district court decisions from last week warrant some comment while agencies added more fodder for the judicial review of rules.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia again revisited the Administration’s failing grades in regulating for-profit colleges, and their scores have not improved, but the court failed to incentivize compliance with… Continue Reading

Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Regulations Respond to Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College: A Preliminary Review

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

The Administration released new and expected revisions and proposals to Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations to address exemption from the contraceptives mandate for non-profit and for-profit organizations in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions.  One interim final rule (IFR) addresses non-profits related to religious institutions, while… 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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/16/14: Legislative v. Interpretive or Procedural Rules; Contractor Minimum Wage; Inflated Size Matters; Changing Interpretation; Regulatory Agendas; & EPA Delays RFS

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

Last week focuses (mostly) on wages and small business.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed another setback to the Department of Labor (DOL)’s detachment of binding requirements from regulations.  DOL, for its part, proposed regulations to increase the minimum wage paid by government contractors, a costly proposed rule… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/2/14: Health & Food Regulations; Expected Electricity Carbon Rule; Waters of the United States; & Acid Rain Litigation

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

The short holiday workweek produced few hard regulatory events although soft indications continue of the federal government’s intent to regulate the minutiae of daily life.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule on long-term Obamacare exchange and insurance market standards and extended the comment period on several food labeling proposals. … Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/26/14: Electric Power Sales; Orphan Drugs Other Uses; Spring 2014 Unified Agenda & Memorial Day, 2014

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend is either a desert of regulatory activity or – as last week – a cornucopia in need of distillation.  Three highlights warrant note, though many rules were published, placed on inspection, or otherwise released.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated… 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