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Real Estate and Land Use - November 2014

Change of Heart – Court of Appeal Reverses Opinion in Bowman v. California Coastal Commission - Why it matters: The court in Bowman originally held that a permit condition could not be modified or deleted by a second...more

Beleaguered D.C. Taxpayers Achieve Another Success in Ongoing Challenges to the Methodology Used in the District’s Transfer...

On Friday, November 14, 2014, an administrative law judge (ALJ) issued three identical orders granting the taxpayer’s motion for summary judgment in Hess v. OTR, Shell v. OTR and ExxonMobil v. OTR. In these orders, the ALJ...more

Sixth Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower’s Claims Made By Job Applicant

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that a job applicant lacks standing to bring whistle-blower claims under the Energy Reorganization Act and the False Claims Act (“FCA”) because those laws’...more

Huerta v. Pirker: NTSB Rules that UAS Are “Aircraft” and Subject to FAA Prohibition on Careless and Reckless Operations

On November 18, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are: “aircraft” within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) statutory and...more

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

NTSB Finds That Drones Are “Aircraft” Under Federal Law

Order reverses an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Judge in a closely watched case that challenged the FAA’s authority to regulate drones - On November 18, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Scope of Whistleblower Statute

During the September term, the Illinois Supreme Court debated an important question about the scope of the state Whistleblower Act: does a plaintiff state a claim under the statute by alleging that the defendant falsified...more

The Obligation to Make Reports to DCF and Unemployment Compensation: Another Penalty For Failing to Notify DCF

Our state has a comprehensive requirement for certain employees (particularly in the medical and educational spheres) to make reports to the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) of suspected child abuse and neglect. ...more

Will The Courts Stop Deferring To SEC Interpretations?

In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a foundational principle of administrative law. When a court reviews an agency’s construction of a statute that it administers, the court should...more

The FCC’s Clarification of its Blast Fax Rules to “Solicited” Fax Ads under Siege

In an attempt to clear out the backlog of numerous pending petitions addressing how the FCC’s “Blast Fax” rules apply to consensual fax advertisement transmissions, the agency on October 30, 2014 issued an Order addressing...more

Alert: NTSB Determines Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Within the FAA'S Jurisdiction

The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") today issued a decision affirming the jurisdiction of the FAA to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. The NTSB found that the statutory definition of an "aircraft" included in...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are 'Aircraft' Once Again

On November 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reversed an administrative law judge’s decision that had called into question the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) authority to regulate Unmanned Aircraft...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Remedy for Unserved Notices of Violation

What happens when the City doesn’t properly serve a notice of building code violations? In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide that issue in Stone Street Partners, LLC v. City...more

Alberta Securities Commission Applies to SCC for Leave to Appeal Insider Trading Decision in Walton

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has applied to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the August 2014 decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) in Walton v Alberta (Securities Commission), 2014 ABCA 723...more

Supreme Court Asked to Allow Immediate Judicial Review of Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determinations

A landfill developer has asked the Supreme Court to review a decision of the Fifth Circuit holding that a jurisdictional determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not final agency action subject to judicial review....more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Scope of Court Authority Over Academic Investigations

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court debated the scope of courts’ authority to intervene in academic investigations at the University of Illinois in order to require University officials to follow their own...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Courts Can Review the Consular Denial of a Visa Based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

On October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in the case of Kerry v. Din. The case involved a U.S. citizen who claimed that her liberty interest in marriage has been violated by the denial of...more

The Fate of FERC Demand Response Order No. 745: Efforts to Adapt While the Judicial and Complaint Processes Play Out

Since our last update regarding the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur of FERC Order No. 745 in Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC ( “EPSA”), several developments have occurred in EPSA and related proceedings. The appeals process and...more

Good Faith in Government Contracting: Board of Contract Appeals Adheres to Reasonableness Standard Revived by the Federal Circuit...

Ever since the Federal Circuit’s 2010 decision in Precision Pine & Timber, Inc. v. U.S., the controlling standard for the government’s duty of good faith and fair dealing has been in flux. Prior to Precision Pine, it was...more

Ninth Circuit Rebuffs Shell’s Declaratory Judgment Act Suit

The Ninth Circuit recently rejected “a novel litigation strategy” under the Declaratory Judgment Act (DJA). Shell Gulf of Mex. v. Ctr. for Biological Div., 13-35835 (9th Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (Slip Op.). According to the Ninth...more

Final Treasury Regulations Set Deadline for Arbitrage Rebate Overpayment Claims

Effective November 13, 2014, the filing deadline for a claim for an arbitrage rebate overpayment on tax-exempt and other tax-advantaged bonds is two years after the final arbitrage computation date for the issue from which...more

CMS Instructs MACs to Participate in ALJ Hearings

CMS officially added a new Section 3.9 to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, effective October 27, 2014. These provisions instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to assign a physician to participate at...more

SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Proceedings Draws Criticism and Legal Challenges

The SEC’s plan to bring more enforcement actions as administrative proceedings before its own administrative law judges rather than in the federal district courts — even in insider trading cases — has been drawing increasing...more

A further update on state AG/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is...more

NLRB Reaffirms D.R. Horton Decision Invalidating Arbitral Class Action Waivers

In a controversial decision that rejects the precedent of numerous federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its earlier decision in D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012). In...more

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