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June 28, 2024

Lobbyists Brace for 'Earth-Moving' Change After Chevron Ruling

Bloomberg Government

Public Policy & Regulation Group Leader Rich Gold spoke with Bloomberg Government about what the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning the Chevron doctrine means for lobbyists. Under the doctrine, courts gave deference to executive agencies interpreting laws when issuing regulations to enforce said laws. Mr. Gold characterized the 6-3 decision overturning the doctrine as "earth-moving," saying "Chevron underpins all of modern policymaking" and explaining Congress will now need to craft more detailed legislation that avoids ambiguity.

"Broad delegations of authority are not going to survive judicial review under the new standard," he said. "For those of us who consider ourselves as drafting legislation for a living, that's a whole different way of solving problems as you draft going forward. If we think 1,000-page omnibuses are annoying, wait until they're 5,000 pages because staff have to be clear."

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Holland & Knight announced the formation of its Chevron Deference Working Team in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28, 2024, Loper decision, which overturned the Chevron deference doctrine and will lead to a period of regulatory changes and potential legal challenges for some time.

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