Chevron deference is a principle of administrative law requiring courts to defer to interpretations of statutes made by those government agencies charged with enforcing them, unless such interpretations are unreasonable. The principle is named for the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., which involved a dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of a provision of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977. Under Chevron, even if a court finds that another interpretation is reasonable, or even better than the agency’s interpretation, it must defer to the agency’s reasonable interpretation.

Panelists will discuss the modern application, relevance and merits of Chevron deference in the context of recent FCC decisions, including the Open Internet Order. They will address the pros and cons of proposals to change this review standard, including recently proposed legislation seeking to amend federal administrative law to require de novo review of agency decisions.

Moderator: Hon. Dan Lipshultz, Minnesota

Jeffrey Lamken, Esquire, MoloLamken LLP

Hank Kelly, Esquire, Managing Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Chicago Office

Randolph May, President, The Free State Foundation

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