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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/21/14: EPA Electricity Generating Units; Beer, Grain & Cattle; Tax Exempt Organizations & Politics; Waters of the United States; & Helicopter Ambulances

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

Regulatory practice was illustrated by several specific actions in the past week, some of which have subtle implications.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit opined on the efficacy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 air pollution regulation of electric generating units, but with several deep divisions.  In the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/7/14: COOL First Amendment; Rearview Cameras; Electric Utility Safety Standards; & OMB Reviews

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

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit took a significant step toward giving agencies more definitive guidance on the whether and how information disclosure can be used as a regulatory mechanism by ordering, on its own initiative, en banc review of a panel decision issued only a week ago.  On… 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 – 1/27/14: SCOTUS Enjoins Obamacare Preventive Contraception Rule; NLRB Rescinds Vacated Rule; OMB Economically Significant Reviews; and Social Cost of Carbon & Crystalline Silica Extensions

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) last Friday enjoined enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations on preventive contraception minimum regulations under Obamacare against several non-profit organizations in a procedural order that may be a guidepost for future litigation.  Regulatory activity of interest included the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) best… Continue Reading

FCC “Net Neutrality” Rules Vacated by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today vacated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “net neutrality” rules in Verizon v. FCC.  At the heart of the net neutrality issue is whether the FCC has authority to prohibit broadband Internet providers such as Verizon or Comcast or others from giving priority to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/13/14: Electric Generating Emissions; Demise of the NLRB Posting Rule; Obamacare Regulation by Blog Post; Aircraft Repair Stations Coordination; Unified Agendas & Regulatory Plans

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

The beginning of a new year raises several process questions for regulatory practitioners.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new proposed rule to limit emissions from new electric power generators – a rule EPA released several months ago, but only published last week.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/6/14: Obamacare @ SCOTUS; Mortgage Disclosure Relief; Wood Burning Stoves; and Firearms & Mental Health

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

The end of 2013 was hardly quiet, with five notable events worth highlighting.  While this blog has foresworn further coverage of the crenelated litigation in the United States District Courts over the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirements, one case has moved to an unusual posture before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) though it may not… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/30/13: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; and Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

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

The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues.  Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.  The Volcker Rule still awaits publication in the Federal Register,… 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 – 12/16/13: Obamacare Deadlines; Labor Elections Rule; Swaps Litigation; Vacating Empty Rules; & the Volcker Rule

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

Regulatory highlights from the past week include the Administration pushing back the deadline for applying for Obamacare and then begging insurance companies for even more time and leniency.  Two independent agencies – the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on litigation and proposed new rules… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Grants Review of Obamacare Contraceptive Rule & Religious Freedom Rights

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced today that it will hear two cases raising questions of whether the Administration has adequately respected a business owner’s freedom of religion in the Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations when it required that employers provide no cost preventive contraceptive care in employee health… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/11/13 – Part II: Litigation

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

In litigation, the Obamacare contraceptives intercircuit conflict deepened as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded two cases for entry of preliminary injunctions against enforcement of the HHS’ regulation, and the /United States District Court for the District of Columbia transferred a case back to the plaintiff’s home district because of… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Argument Review: Sandifer, Changing Clothes, and Sleeping Dogs

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Today’s oral argument before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel yielded largely what was expected.  SCOTUS – and the parties – barely touched upon the issue of the Department of Labor (DOL)’s shifting policy on what constitutes changing clothes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and focused their attention… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Argument Preview: Sandifer Interpretation, not Auer Deference

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

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corporation next Monday, November 4, 2013, asking the question “What constitutes “changing clothes” within the meaning of Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”  Why Sandifer matters to administrative law practitioners beyond the presented statutory interpretation issue is not readily apparent. … Continue Reading

Greenhouse Gases – Statutory Construction & the Length of Regulatory Logic

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) yesterday granted review in six greenhouse gas cases, consolidated them all into one, and posited its own question for argument:  “Whether [the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/14/13

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

The government shutdown – now in its 14th day – should leave little for a blog on federal regulations, but not quite so.  Admittedly, the weekly scour has become more complicated, but much fodder remains to be chewed.  A brief look at the state of the process reveals agencies like the Federal Reserve Bank and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/30/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The weekly scour of administrative law sources occasionally comes up very dry.  Readers are welcome to provide tips and pointers on current events relating to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), and all significant things regulatory related to the federal agencies and their… Continue Reading

Auer Declined – 9th Circuit Grants No Deference to DOL Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulations, but Persuaded Anyway

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to grant the Department of Labor (DOL) deference as to its interpretation of its own rules in Independent Training and Internship Program v. California Department of Industrial Relations.  Although this decision has very limited applicability to California, the core focuses on the National Apprenticeship… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/2/13

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

The week before Labor Day – the final week of summer vacation – the Government might be expected to slow down, but the contrary was true.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an obscure “ratification” of its Director’s previous acts, further raising questions of the efficacy of those acts.  The Internal Revenue Service, on… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/26/13: Recess Appointments; Food Safety; Sewage Sludge Incinerators; Crystalline Silica & H-2B Wage Methodology

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

Summer recess is the time for judicial details and major regulatory actions.  This week, two more very different opinions arise in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments scrum, more delay in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety regulations is denied, and a small element of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s sewage… Continue Reading

Pre-Enforcement Judicial Review of Regulations: Dates, Eggs, Bells, and Other Things to Consider

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

An agency final rule normally takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  If that rule has serious substantive or procedural flaws, and substantial detriment to a client, counsel may have only those 30 days to respond.  Once the rule becomes effective, unscrambling the eggs and unringing the bell will be far more… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/29/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Several key regulatory events in the past week include decisions from the courts on rules on greenhouse gases, air quality standards for ozone, and conflict minerals.  Two court of appeals split on whether companies can exercise religious views, lessening the likelihood that the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will decide any administrative law issues relating… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/8/13

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Regulatory Process

The Administration announcement that the employer sanctions provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would not be implemented for another year, until 2015, stirred debate on the legality of that delay.  On the other hand, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional stirred… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review: Administrative Law Cases in the 2012 Term

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

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decides a few significant administrative law cases each Term and the Term just concluded was no exception.  Although “administrative law” decisions do not draw the interest of the more volatile constitutional cases that the general press finds so tantalizing, administrative law and related decisions profoundly affect how Americans live… Continue Reading