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The Regulatory Week in Review: March 2, 2012

  • A district court judge declared unconstitutional a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule requiring cigarette makers to put graphic warning labels on their products, finding the rule violated the First Amendment’s right of free speech. See related RegBlog post.
  • Lawyers for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry faced questioning in front of a three-judge panel of the D.C Court of Appeals about rules ascertaining when states and industries must comply with regulations curtailing the use of greenhouse gases.
  • A trial to determine how much British Petroleum owes for the Deepwater Horizon spill was postponed to allow more settlement talks between the oil company and plaintiffs’ lawyers.
  • The U.S. Office of the Federal Register invited comment on a petition addressing the incorporation by reference of private standards into binding rules appearing in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • A House subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 4078, the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act, that would impose a moratorium on new regulations.
  • The Senate failed to approve a Republican-led effort to overturn the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive insurance coverage requirement.  See related RegBlog post.