The Government Just Got More Powerful. (And That's a Good Thing.)

The Supreme Court saved the most important legal principle you've never heard of.

They're not supposed to be bureaucrats.

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Here’s the most important legal principle that you’ve probably never heard of: If a regulation issued by a government agency turns out to be ambiguous, the agency, not the court, gets to resolve the ambiguity. It’s called the Auer principle, after the 1997 Supreme Court decision that established it. (This is different from Chevron deference, which gives agencies deference in interpreting statutes.)

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