Subject: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Loper Bright & Corner Post Review: Supreme Court’s Overturning of Chevron Doctrine Spells Uncertainty for Food Industry Regulations


On June 28, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine of agency deference in its Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo decision. The doctrine takes its name from a 1984 Supreme Court case, Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc, 467 U.S. 837 (1984), which announced a bright-line rule governing whether a regulation promulgated by an executive branch agency, like FDA or USDA, was enforceable based on the scope of statutory authority Congress delegated to the agency. Chevron held that if a court concluded that a statute was silent or ambiguous as to an issue (Step One), then the court must defer to an agency’s permissible construction of the statute in the regulations it promulgated (Step Two). In overturning Chevron deference, Loper Bright announced that courts “must exercise their independent judgment in deciding whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority.”

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