Author Archives: Daniel Hemel

Faith in the Ninth Circuit

by Daniel Hemel — Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

The Ninth Circuit’s decision to deny en banc review in Washington v. Trump was not, of course, the biggest development yesterday in litigation related to the President’s executive orders restricting entry from seven six overwhelmingly Muslim countries. But the Ninth Circuit’s denial of reconsideration—and, more specifically, Judge Bybee’s dissent from the denial—is worthy of attention […]

Repealing Economic Substance Codification and Replacing It With What?

by Daniel Hemel — Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be stalling. If and when it picks up again, the fate of section 7701(o) of the Internal Revenue Code will be far from the most consequential issue at stake. But section 7701(o), the provision added by the ACA that codifies the tax law economic […]

The Tenth Circuit vs. Brand X

by Daniel Hemel — Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

In the 2005 Brand X decision, the Supreme Court held that “[a] court’s prior judicial construction of a statute trumps an agency construction otherwise entitled to Chevron deference only if the prior court decision holds that its construction follows from the unambiguous terms of the statute.” Nat’l Cable & Telecomms. Ass’n v. Brand X Internet […]

The Chamber of Commerce Has an Anti-Injunction Act Problem, by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Texas Thursday seeking to block the Treasury Department’s April 2016 inversion regulations. The Chamber says that the inversion regulations exceed Treasury’s statutory jurisdiction, that the regulations are arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and that Treasury failed to follow the APA’s […]

Maybe the IRS Is Complying with the Congressional Review Act After All, by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Thursday, June 30, 2016

My co-blogger Andy Grewal asked in a post on Tuesday: “Why doesn’t the IRS comply with the Congressional Review Act?” My first thought on reading Andy’s post was: “Yeah, why doesn’t it?” My second thought was: “Maybe it does.” The Congressional Review Act, passed in 1996, allows the House and Senate to block certain federal […]

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Chevron Step 0.5, by Michael Pollack and Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Friday, June 24, 2016

Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the majority in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro is significant for a number of reasons. For one, it marks the first time that the Supreme Court has used a link in an opinion—a victory for the Harvard Law School Library and its partners in their fight against link rot […]

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Form, Function, and the Fed, by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Sunday, May 22, 2016

I’m neither a constitutional law scholar nor an expert on the Federal Reserve, so I’m reluctant to wade deeper into the debate over the Fed’s constitutionality when I’m already beyond neck deep. In an earlier post, I suggested that “ maybe”—but only maybe—“the Federal Reserve banks are constitutional after all,” a claim that struck me […]

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The President’s Power To Tax Doesn’t Stop at Carried Interest, by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Monday, May 9, 2016

Gretchen Morgenson writes in this week’s New York Times Sunday Business section: There is a lot about this problem of income inequality—and about the economy over all—that Mr. Obama cannot control. Still, there is something he could do right now to help narrow the widening gulf between rich and poor. In one deft move, Mr. […]

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More on Amtrak and “Company A,” by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In a characteristically thoughtful post discussing the D.C. Circuit’s decision in American Association of Railroads v. Department of Transportation, Aaron Nielson writes: Imagine three companies—let’s call them A, B, and C. Each manufactures cars. Imagine further that Congress authorizes A to regulate B and C, and A uses that power to benefit itself, for instance […]

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What Makes This Agency Different From All Other Agencies?, by Daniel Hemel

by Daniel Hemel — Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

A D.C. Circuit panel held today that the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) is unconstitutional. This is the second time the same panel has struck down the PRIIA (the first time the panel was reversed by the Supreme Court). The panel’s primary holding is that “the PRIIA violates the Fifth Amendment’s […]