Supreme Court Overturns Chevron Doctrine

SEMA: Overturning the long-standing agreement limits federal regulatory overreach...

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a win for industries impacted by federal overreach.

According to a press release from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), in its decisions in Loper Bright vs. Raimondo and Relentless vs. Commerce, the court provided increased regulatory certainty to small businesses around the country, including specialty automotive aftermarket companies, that have been impacted by federal regulatory overreach. 

The court’s decisions overturned what is known as the Chevron Doctrine, which adopted the principle that judges should defer to federal executive branch agencies’ interpretations of their powers when the laws that Congress has written are ambiguous or have gaps so long as those interpretations are reasonable, the release stated. 

The court’s decision affirms that agencies cannot take actions that are inconsistent with, or not supported by, the language of the laws passed by Congress.

“These precedent-setting decisions will provide opportunities to revisit a wide array of regulations that affect so much of everyday life, including issues that directly impact the specialty automotive aftermarket,” SEMA stated. 

Under the Chevron Doctrine, federal agencies expanded the scope of regulations beyond congressional intent, which has adversely impacted small businesses that drive the U.S. economy.

Pat Curtin

Pat Curtin is the managing editor of THE SHOP magazine.

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