WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 16 granted petitions for writ of certiorari filed in two appeals challenging the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division's decision to find, without first engaging in notice-and-comment rulemaking as required under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), that mortgage-loan officers are not exempt from receiving overtime pay; the high court consolidated the two appeals and allotted one hour total for oral argument (Thomas E. Perez, et al. v. Mortgage Bankers Association, et al., No. 13-1041, U.S. Sup., Jerome Nickols, et al. v. Mortgage Bankers Association, No. 13-1052; 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4275).