Fishermen in the small town of Cape May, New Jersey, are at the epicenter of a legal challenge that could reshape the landscape of agency authority. The fishermen are challenging the entrenched “Chevron” doctrine, which for years has afforded deference to government agencies with respect to reasonable interpretation of ambiguous statutes. Once again, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is in the spotlight as it hears pivotal cases – Relentless v. Department of Commerce and Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which may presage the dismantling of “Chevron”.

This intricate legal tapestry, woven with the complexities of statutory interpretation and deference to administrative agencies, not only echoes recent high-profile decisions like Dobbs, but also raises questions about the unique political implications attached to “Chevron” compared to other contentious issues. Having now heard oral argument on these pending cases, SCOTUS is poised to issue a decision that has significant implications for the regulated community, administrative agencies and legislators.

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