House Bill Would Put New Checks On Agency Settlements

Law360, New York (February 2, 2012, 8:22 PM EST) -- An Arizona congressman introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for stakeholders to influence court settlements that require federal agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take regulatory actions that affect private parties.

Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., floated the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, which aims to expand opportunities for third parties to intervene in suits in which federal agencies are defendants and weigh in on proposed consent decrees and settlements before they’re filed in court.

The bill, H.R. 3862, is one...
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