City of Arlington v FCC: Boon to the Administrative State or Fodder for Law Nerds?
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives B1-B5
6 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 6, 2013
In City of Arlington v. FCC, the Supreme Court told federal judges to be deferential to agencies’ definition of their jurisdiction when a statute is ambiguous. The ruling could give regulators a major boost in fighting off legal challenges. But judges can get around the decision simply by holding that a statute is not ambiguous. Given the mixed record of judicial deference to agencies, the case may do little to bolster the bureaucrats.
Keywords: jurisdiction, Chevron, statutory interpretation, administrative law, judicial review, FCC, communications law
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