In the News Today - February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court “Sympathetic” to Criticism of Agency Deference: Chevron U.S.A. v. National Resources Defense Council, a landmark 1984 decision that directs federal courts to accept an agency’s reasonable resolution of ambiguity in a statute may be “uprooted” as both Congress and several Supreme Court judges, including recently nominated Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch, have a “palpable” disdain for the Chevron deference. (The National Law Journal)

Senators Introduce Bill to Split 9th Circuit: Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain renewed their push to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new circuit with the jurisdictions of California, Hawaii and Oregon. The Ninth Circuit is currently the country’s largest in terms of caseload and area covered. (Law360