Supreme Court to hear case that could overturn 'Chevron' deference

 January 3, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court will be in the spotlight in 2024, as it's set to hear several high-profile cases that will have far-reaching ramifications.

As Fox News reported, one of the cases that has the attention of court observers is Loper Bright Enterprises, Inc. v. Raimondo.

If the plaintiffs in the case prevail, it would have a massive impact on government overreach.

Fox News noted:

Potential far-reaching appeal over another legal effort to have the so-called "Chevron" deference overturned by the Supreme Court. That 1984 ruling says when congressional federal laws are not clearly defined, federal agencies should be allowed broad discretion to interpret and enforce those policies.

The case specifically came about after Atlantic herring fishermen fought back against an asinine government mandate that requires federal monitors to ride along on their boats at a hefty fee of upwards of $700 per day, making it difficult to operate a profitable business, to say the least.

The federal monitors are tasked with observing the fishermen's activities and reporting to the government.

The lead plaintiff in the case is New Jersey-based Loper Bright Enterprises. The company is being represented by Cause of Action Institute.

They argue that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was never granted the authority by Congress to mandate the federal monitors on the fishing vessels.

A federal appeals court upheld the program and called it "reasonable." To any reasonable-thinking person, it's far from reasonable.

Fox News noted:

Overturning "Chevron" or further weakening federal agency discretion would have enormous impacts on key areas like the environment, workplace safety, consumer protections, public health and immigration. The court has the option of broadly addressing the use of "Chevron" deference or clarifying specific areas of its application by federal agencies.

Conservatives have fought hard to get rid of the Chevron doctrine, with many voicing their opinions on it over the course of the last year.

Newswise noted:

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider only the following question, posed by fishing vessel owners: "Whether the Court should overrule Chevron or at least clarify that statutory silence concerning controversial powers expressly but narrowly granted elsewhere in the statute does not constitute an ambiguity requiring deference to the agency."

Only time will tell how the high court rules on this particular case.