In a potentially significant ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States dealt the administrative state a blow by siding with some fishermen who claimed the federal government was exercising too much influence over how they made a living.

The high court’s decision was one of a number announced Friday morning.

Here is some of what Brianna Herlihy reported on this breaking story for Fox News:

In a 6-2 ruling where Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson did not participate, the Court’s majority said the federal rule promulgated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requiring the fishermen to pay $700 a day for an “at-sea monitor” is out of the bounds Congress set for the federal agency.

 

The justices in January heard the arguments of two cases stemming from lawsuits brought by New Jersey fishermen and herring fishermen from Rhode Island challenging NOAA’s rule they say threatened to ruin their livelihoods.

 

The Court’s decision reels in what’s known as the Chevron doctrine — a legal theory established in the 1980s that says if a federal regulation is challenged, the courts should defer to the agency’s interpretation of whether Congress granted them authority to issue the rule, as long as the agency’s interpretation is reasonable and Congress did not address the question directly.

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