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Legal/Ethical Issues in Business: Week 3

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Legal/Ethical Issues in Business: Week 3 BUS 205

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These notes cover Federal Administrative Agencies
Legal/Ethical Issues Business
Stephanie Hewitt Bowen
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Date Created: 09/11/16
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Chapter 4 How Are Agencies Created  #1 Define the Problem  #2 Create Agency o Through legislation o Delegation Doctrine Article 1 Section 8  #1 Rulemaking (legislative power)  #2 Enforcement (executive power)  #3 Adjudication (judicial power)  internal hearings  #3 Defines Agency Power  Agencies are created by Congress through legislation Types of Agencies  Executive Agencies o Cabinet and Subagencies  Department of Justice, Department of State, etc. o President appoints and removes officers  Congress approves (check and balances)  Independent Regulatory o Officer is fixed term, removes only for just cause o SEC, FTC (Federal Trade Commission), FDA, FCC, IRS Rule Making  Statues = laws  Administrative agencies = rules/regulations  Making legislative rules which are just as binding as laws o Notice Period  Notice of proposed rulemaking. Must notice what rule is, authority for  making rule, where and when hearing held  Federal Register  Emails of change/added rules o Depends on what associations/organizations your member  of o Comment Period  Usually written  Allow expression of views, respond to significant comments and modify,  or explain why not  If change rule, start back at notice period o Final Rule  Binding as if legislation, unless overturned by a court (separation of  powers) Investigation  Agencies must have knowledge of fact and circumstances pertinent to the proposed rules o Creating and enforcing  Inspection and Tests o Gather information to prove a regulatory violation or correct or prevent a bad  condition o Example  FDA test food  Subpoeanas  issued o Court of hearing o Compel testimony o Issue a subpoena Duces Recum (SDT)  Have to bring specific documents  Search Warrants o Need warrant to search business except highly regulated businesses like alcohol,  guns, nuclear power  Limits on Investigation o Investigation must have legitimate purpose (no fishing) o Information sought must be relevant o Demands must be specific o Request not unduly burdensome  5  Amendment  protect privileged information Adjudication – Resolution of disputes by an agency  Negotiated Settlement o Less expensive, less hassle, less risk, less hurt reputation o Business agrees to negotiation without complaint o requirements  Formal Complaints o Agency complains (on behalf of someone – consumer/victim) o Regulated entity responds o Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decides  The process of Formal Administrative Adjudication o Complaint o Answer o Hearing before ALJ  Federal ALJ  Appointed by executive branch  Doesn’t have to be confirmed  Payed by agency  Supposed ot be non­bias  Similar to regular court judges  Duties set out in ALJ statute  Vigorous testing  Merit based o Issue an order of ALJ  Ex. Cease and desist order o Appeal to Governing Board of Agency o Final Agency Order o Appropriate Court for Review of Agency Decision o Court order Judicial Control over Administrative Agencies  To be reviewed by a court, must o Have standing o Exhaust all administrative remedies (IMPORTANT) o Have an actual controversy  No conflict of interest  Scope of Review (issues a court review) o Generally, not facts o Whether exceed authority by Congress  Agency rules/powers o Whether property interpret law o Whether violate U.S. constitution o Whether comply with procedural requirements o Whether action arbitrary, capricious, or abuse of discretion o Evidence not support ruling facts Limits on Administrative Agencies  Executive o What control do they have? In regards to administrative agencies?  Appoint judges  Veto power  Legislative o Defund   May desolve agency or program within agency o Amend/change law or act  IRS ­ tax code  o Agency powers Spriestma v. Mercury Marine Federal law trumps state law o Supremacy Clause Preemption Doctrine o FAA rule will preement any state rule  Federal administrative agency Mom/Dad live in Illinois o Buy a boat from Mercury Marine (established in Maine) o Go to a lake the crosses Kentucky and Tennessee border o Mom dies from propeller on boat Where do they file? Where would be best for the dad to file the law suit? o Illinois because of the state law where they need to have propeller guards Case goes to state supreme court Public Accountability Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) o Government is supposed to be open o Federal agencies must disclose certain records to any person upon request  If failed, can take to court o Exceptions  National Security  Criminal investigation  Procedure/description Sunshine Law o Open meeting/conversations/deliberations o Exceptions  National Security  Criminal Investigation  Procedure/description 


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