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Court Holds OSHA Violated Notice-and-Comment Procedure with 2015 Retail Exemption Memorandum

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act ("OSH Act") when it issued a "guidance" memorandum in 2015 titled...more

Lawsuit Challenges OSHA’s “Union Walk Around Rule”

On September 8, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed a federal court complaint in Dallas, seeking to strike down what has become known as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)...more

Mine Safety Agency Extends Comment Period on Controlling, Monitoring Diesel Exhaust Request for Information

The public will have until November 30, 2016, to submit comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information on the agency’s strategies for controlling and monitoring exposure of underground miners...more

Why Regulation Fails

I’d like everyone to go out and buy a copy of Professor Paul Mahoney’s slender new book, Wasting a Crisis – Why Securities Regulation Fails. Paul is a brilliant guy. Until this spring, he was the dean of the University of...more

EPIC Challenges FAA’s Final Drone Rule for Lack of Privacy Protections

The Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week alleging that the final drone rule (Part 107) fails to include privacy regulations. EPIC claims...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

As reported in a previous blog post, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”), filed a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) in May 2015. The...more

GAO Issues Report on CFPB SBREFA Panels

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The...more

CFPB Considering Debt Collection Reform Proposals

On July 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) released a summary of proposals it is considering to reform debt collection practices. At the same time, it released a Study of Third Party Debt Collection...more

OSHA Law Alert: Oregon OSHA Issues Proposed Silica Rule

In response to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s adoption of more stringent standards for crystalline silica, Oregon OSHA has proposed revisions to its own silica standards. Oregon OSHA’s rule...more

“Interim Final Temporary Rules”, Say What?

Visitors to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website will find a pull-down menu entitled “Regulation”. One of the items on that menu has the oxymoronic title of “Interim Final Temporary Rules”. How can a rule be...more

Can FDA Implement The BPCIA As The CAFC Suggested?

In Amgen v. Apotex, the Federal Circuit held that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), “an applicant must provide a reference product sponsor with 180 days’ post-licensure notice before...more

FAA issues long awaited Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

New Law Goes into Effect August 29, 2016 - After many months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued regulations towards integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, also called Drones) into the national...more

Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law, effective immediately, the first substantive amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted forty years ago. The new public law, known as...more

Texas Medical Board Seeks State Action Immunity Protection in Fifth Circuit Brief

On June 17, the Texas Medical Board (“Board”) filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reiterating that the Board’s rulemaking processes are protected under the state action immunity doctrine, noting that the...more

Implications of New Lautenberg Act’s Sweeping Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act

President Obama signed HR 2576, the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), into law on June 22, 2016. The Lautenberg Act makes significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

CFPB Publishes Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda

On June 9, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its semi-annual regulatory agenda for Spring 2016. The agenda identifies the CFPB’s priorities through April 2017. While it does not include any major...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - OMB Issues Final Guidance for Category Management - Final guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week has accelerated the push for government-wide consolidation of...more

OSHA Engages in Backdoor Rulemaking — Courtesy of the Supreme Court

OSHA is attempting to reap the policy-making benefits of a Supreme Court decision that lets regulatory agencies offer new (even contradictory) interpretations of existing rules without following the Administrative Procedure...more

Senate Appropriations Bill Targets FDA Rulemaking Agenda

The Senate Appropriations Committee is looking to tinker with the Food and Drug Administration’s rulemaking agenda through its fiscal year 2017 funding bill for the Department of Agriculture and FDA (S. 2956). Passed...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 21

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Releases Target Dates for Proposed and Final Rulemaking - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently published its agenda with respect to upcoming rulemaking, including rulemaking...more

CFPB Releases Spring 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not...more

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ Releases Agenda Indicating Progress in 2016; Omits Title III

This morning, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ participated by issuing its Spring 2016 unified agenda, including upcoming regulatory actions on web accessibility and movie captioning. AA65: State and Local...more

The CFPB’s auto title loan report: last step to a payday/title loan proposal?

The CFPB has issued a new report entitled “Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending,” summarizing data on single-payment auto title loans. The latest report is the fourth report issued by the CFPB in connection with its...more

Things Getting Hot for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

On May 17, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, in Isabel Kain & Others v. Department of Environmental Protection, held that the various existing greenhouse gas rules and initiatives promulgated by the...more

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