Chevron deference

Chevron deference is the principle in which a court defers to an administrative agency's (for example, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)) prior answer or interpretation of a given statute, rather than having the court apply its own potentially different interpretation and ruling.

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One of the requirements in order for Chevron deference to apply is that the agency being deferred to is interpreting its own statute or, in other words, a statute that the agency itself is responsible for administering. The term was coined after Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. NRDC, Inc., 467 U.S. 837, 104 S. Ct. 2778 (1984).



Chevron doctrine