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Chevron and Me: How Landmark Ruling Impacts Construction and Maintenance

July 1 2024
Government, Legislative Affairs, Safety, Safety and Health

Through a 6-3 ruling in the case Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimando, The Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine – a four decade old decision that directed courts to defer to federal agencies on ambiguities within statutes that the agencies administer. While not a simple shift by any means, the ruling is expected to increase litigation over regulations and limit the authority of federal agencies over the interpretation of policy.

For the world of construction and maintenance, agencies like the EPA, the Department of Labor, and OSHA will now have to defer to the courts on interpreting their own authority, potentially increasing litigation of all kinds surrounding agencies and their regulations.

This ruling is viewed by some as pro-business, shifting power from the regulatory agencies over to the entities that they regulate. Others contest that this will only bog things down, as there will be a larger reliance on the courts – and moving cases through the courts is a notoriously slow process.

While this is a decision with a potentially far-reaching impact across many different agencies, the full effects may not be felt for months or years to come. However, it is important to understand what might be effected, how it may be effected, and how we in the industry can stay ahead of the curve. Take a look at some deeper dives below for more information.

Learn more about the effects of this ruling:

Supreme Court guts agency power in seismic Chevron ruling

The ruling on the doctrine will weaken the impact of statues for a wide array policy areas.

The End of Chevron Deference: What the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Loper Bright Means for the Regulated Community

In a landmark ruling with far-reaching consequences for federal agencies and the regulated community, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old Chevron doctrine. Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo , decided on June 28, 2024, fundamentally reshapes administrative law, eliminating the requirement that courts defer to agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous statutes.

The Supreme Court weakens federal regulators, overturning decades-old Chevron decision

The Supreme Court has upended a 40-year-old decision that made it easier for the federal government to regulate the environment, public health, workplace safety and consumer protections.


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