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Major Supreme Court Ruling Limits Regulatory Authority In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in West Virginia v. EPA. that will make it easier for businesses to challenge certain federal regulations in court. The issue at hand? Whether Congress delegated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad authority to require power plants to change the type of energy they produce. The court found it did not. But the ruling goes beyond just the energy industry and reigns in administrative authority broadly under the major questions doctrine. This means if an agency wants to assert authority, Congress must have clearly delegated these “decisions of vast economic and political significance” to the agency. Read a summary from Gibson Dunn here. Read the full opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court here.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Ruling could prevent businesses from attempting safety measures A recent decision by the Oklahoma Supreme court finds that providing safety measures for employees at street crossings is an assumption of a duty. This ruling provides a disincentive for businesses even to attempt safety measures. Read our summary here.


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