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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/31/15: WOTUS Dammed, but How Much?

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

One highlight from the last week in regulatory practice overshadowed all else: confusion over fundamental administrative law and judicial review issues far beyond the confines of environmental law became evident in conflicting court decisions and the damming of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters 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 – 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

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

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare Subsidies at Chevron “0” – Cautions to Congress and the Agencies

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today decided, in King v. Burwell, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or PPACA) permitted health care insurance premium tax subsidies for those enrolled in Federal Exchanges, not just State Exchanges. But there is a catch: SCOTUS found Obamacare so poorly written that ambiguity must be… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Orders Just Compensation for a Regulatory Taking: Agency Regulations Could Endanger the Public Fisc

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today ruled in Horne v. Department of Agriculture that the government must give just compensation for personal property actually taken in agency price support programs. Horne clarifies how the United States Constitution’s “Just Compensation” or “Takings” clause limits one regulatory program. Future litigation applying Horne’s teachings to other agency… 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

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 – 5/4/15: SCOTUS Statutory Standing; Emergency Generators; & H-2B Regulations Again

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

Three unrelated highlights from last week in regulatory practice: The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed last Monday to consider a case of private causes of action that has potentially stunning constitutional and regulatory implications. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit “reversed” an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that… 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 – 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 – 4/6/15: Cyber-Threat Executive Order; NLRB Elections Rule; Drones & Privacy; and Confined Spaces in Construction

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

Issues on the periphery of regulatory practice highlighted the last week. The President of the United States (POTUS) unleashed financial regulation resources against cyber-threats by applying regulations and enforcement processes that have historically been used to combat foreign regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On the other hand,… 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

SCOTUS Rejects D.C. Circuit Notice & Comment Rulemaking Requirement for Changing Agency Interpretation

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held today, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, that an interpretative rule does not require advance notice and an opportunity for public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) no matter when the agency adopts the interpretation, unanimously reversing the contrary decision of the United States Court of Appeals… 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 – 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 – 1/12/14: NLRB Election Rule Litigation II; Regulatory Reform; & Conciliation Prerequisite

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies, Legislation

A few small nuggets deserve attention, although no earth shattering developments rocked administrative law last week.  Reopening two old chapters in the annals, a new suit challenges the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) 2014 union representation election rule and the House of Representatives this week moves reform of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) near the… 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 –12/15/14: 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

SCOTUS, Interpretative Rules & the Government’s Shifting Interpretation

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) oral argument on Monday in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association underscored the complexity of the distinction between legislative rules and interpretative rules under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the degree of deference that courts grant to agencies in resolving ambiguity under their delegated programmatic statutes.  Oral argument may… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/1/14: Electric Generating Hazardous Emissions & Costs; Quintennial Ozone Standard; Calorie Counting; and Election Financing Disclosure

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

The very short Thanksgiving workweek was punctuated by a significant new United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) grant of review of requirements for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in regulating hazardous air pollutants – this time by electric utilities.  The day before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day for rolling out controversial actions to reduce adverse… Continue Reading