Week in Review

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Inquiry into overdraft practices, liability for Gulf Coast oil spill, changes to Regulations.gov, and more.

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  • The Supreme Court sent back to the Ninth Circuit a case filed by Medicaid recipients and medical providers challenging California statutes that lowered Medicaid reimbursement.
  • Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a manager at Massey Energy’s West Virginia mine that suffered an explosion in 2010.
  • Regulations.gov re-launched with new social media connections aimed to boost public participation in rule making. The changes won praise from several regulatory specialists.
  • The U.S. Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, Janice Eberly, commented on an Economist article about the burdens of government regulations.
  • A federal magistrate judge concluded that British Petroleum and Anadarko Petroleum were liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act due to the Gulf Coast oil spill.
  • The Obama administration announced a privacy “bill of rights” in the form of a set of guidelines that would allow consumers to have more control over the types of data that Internet companies collect.