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Administrative Law Overview


Administrative or regulatory law is created by government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission or Department of Labor. These agencies have the power to act on the government's behalf, making and enforcing rules that federal and state government agencies are required to follow. The president and executive branch also issue rules that are part of administrative law.

The Federal Administrative Procedure Act outlines the requirements for transparency and how to conduct a range of federal agency procedures, including how to advertise, hold hearings and meetings, grant licenses, resolve disputes, impose sanctions (disciplinary actions), form committees, and make rules and decisions. If an administrative agency passes new rules that you have questions about, an administrative law lawyer can help you.

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