Administrative Authority

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New Administrative Penalties Against Individuals and Private Companies as Part of Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

On July 19, 2017, Mexico's new General Law on Administrative Accountability will take effect, imposing serious penalties on individuals and private companies that violate it, and requiring companies to adopt and implement...more

Trump May Not be the Only Catalyst for Administrative Reform

In the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of many administrative agencies under Trump’s administration. However, two current cases pending in the D.C. Circuit have the potential to have...more

OSHA Penalties Keep Changing, But the OSH Act Remains the Same: Were OSHA’s Recent Penalty Increases Valid?

Federal OSHA increased its maximum penalties last summer for the first time since 1990. The increase occurred pursuant to a new law requiring federal agencies to adjust penalties to account for inflation. However, the OSH...more

SEC Reportedly Centralizing Authority to Issue Formal Investigation Orders

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission has centralized authority to issue formal orders of investigation – a critical authority that triggers the...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

The Gorsuch Nomination: The Return of the Business Friendly Court?

Assuming Judge Gorsuch's confirmation, the Court will add a Justice with extensive commercial litigation experience, a particular expertise in antitrust and securities law, and a track record on the bench that demonstrates a...more

Connecticut Trial Court Addresses Administrative Agency's Targeting of Law Firms Under the State Unfair Trade Practices Act

In a December 5, 2016 decision, a Connecticut trial court (Huddleston, J.) addressed the limitations on the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection in enforcing a so-called "investigative demand" served under the...more

"FDA Publications Double Down on Agency’s Ability to Prohibit Off-Label Communications, but Narrow Scope of Debate"

On the eve of a change in administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a flurry of documents regarding off-label communications and FDA’s ability to regulate such communications within...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

OIG Expands Exclusionary Authority

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule on January 12, 2017, expanding the OIG’s authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs....more

Perspectives for the Professions: Case Summary: Third Party Accreditation

B.C. College of Optics Inc. v. The College of Opticians of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 85, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s finding that the regulator could not require a third-party assessment of a training program as...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

On January 6, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC (“Denbury Green”) could take private property by eminent domain. In Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., the...more

Denbury v. Texas Rice "Texas Rice II": The Texas Supreme Court Affirms Common Carrier Status

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas v. Texas Rice Land Partners (“Texas Rice II”), reversing the 9th Court of Appeals and reinstating the trial...more

More Autonomy for U.S. Copyright Office?

A proposal was released December 8, 2016 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and committee member John Conyers (D-Mich.) targeted towards modernizing the U.S. Copyright system and granting more...more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Enforces Parties’ Stipulation to Remedies and Waiver of Judicial Review in Administrative Proceeding

While many of us spent this past Halloween gorging on a variety of candies and sweets, Wisconsin’s court of appeals was busy rendering an opinion that likely left Travis Technology High School (“Travis Tech”) with a decidedly...more

AHCA Sues to Enjoin Prohibition on Binding Arbitration

On October 4, 2016 CMS issued its Final Rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities” which updates the requirements for all SNFs and NFs participating in Medicare and Medicaid. Many of the changes...more

EPA Must Evaluate Job Losses From Its Regulations: Blame Ralph Nader!

Last week, Judge John Preston Bailey ruled that EPA had violated a non-discretionary duty by failing comply with the requirement of § 321(a) of the Clean Air Act that it...more

Federal Court Orders EPA to Evaluate Job Losses from Air Regulations

On October 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ruled in favor of Murray Energy Corporation (Murray) in its section 321 suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The court...more

Pipeline Operators Take Note: PHMSA Issues Interim Emergency Pipeline Safety Rules – Should You Be Concerned?

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, released a new rule on its authority to issue emergency orders for pipeline safety. The...more

California Supreme Court Rules That Agencies—Not Courts—Determine Whether Modified Projects Are Subject to CEQA's Subsequent...

On September 19, the California Supreme Court held unanimously in Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College, that agencies—and not courts—must decide whether the "subsequent review"...more

EPA Advances Climate Goals by Expanding Refrigerant Regulations

On September 26, 2016, EPA released a Final Rule updating the Agency’s Refrigerant Management Program... ..The Final Rule is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017 and, for the first time, expands the requirements...more

USPTO Sued Over December 2015 Holidays

Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC has sued the USPTO in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to challenge its authority to declare that December 22-24, 2015 were “holidays” because the USPTO had experienced a...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

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