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Air Transport Association of America v. Department of Transportation
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
900 F.2d 369 (1990)
In 1987, Congress enacted a series of amendments to the Federal Aviation Act related to civil penalties. These amendments included an increase in the maximum penalty for a single safety violation and the establishment of a two-year long “demonstration program,” under which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had the authority to prosecute and adjudicate certain administrative policy actions. Nine months later, the FAA promulgated a body of regulations (“Penalty Rules”) to govern the adjudication of administrative civil penalty actions. The Penalty Rules established a schedule of civil penalties, as well as a comprehensive adjudicatory scheme for formal notice, settlement procedures, discovery, an adversary hearing before an administrative law judge, and an administrative appeal. The FAA promulgated the Penalty Rules without engaging in the notice and comment procedures outlined in § 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The FAA took the position that notice and comment procedures were not required because the Penalty Rules fell within an exemption to § 553’s notice and comment requirements for rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice. The FAA also contended that the Penalty Rules fell within the “good cause” exemption to § 553’s notice and comment requirements.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Edwards, J.)
Dissent (Silberman, J.)
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