Bloomberg BNA — A federal appeals court handed the Environmental Protection Agency a significant victory April 15 by upholding stringent mercury and air toxics standards for power plants, which are among the costliest regulations the agency has promulgated.
President Barack Obama’s health- care law got a mixed reception in its fourth review by a federal appeals court as three judges grappled with questions about the law’s constitutionality and their own authority to rule on it.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote this week that the First Amendment shields Comcast Corp. from Congress’s authority to ensure the free flow of information across the basic network connections it provides.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service lacks authority to regulate paid tax preparers, a federal appeals panel said, upholding a lower-court ruling throwing out licensing rules for as many as 700,000 practitioners.
Cytori Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company developing experimental burn treatment therapies, lost a U.S. appeals court bid to overturn the Food and Drug Administration’s initial rejection of two medical devices that use fat as a source of stem-cell therapy.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission must continue reviewing a license application for a nuclear-waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, a federal appeals court ruled in a potential blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to shut the facility.
Texas’s bid to keep control of its own greenhouse gas permitting program was rejected by a divided federal appeals court in a decision that supports a takeover by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.