In 2006, Vietnam veteran James Kisor appealed the denial of his disability benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their disagreement stems from differing definitions of the term “relevant” as used in regulations which are created, interpreted, and enforced by the VA.

Should the courts defer to agencies’ interpretations of their own regulations? Adam White of the Hoover Institute and the Antonin Scalia Law School analyzes the past, present, and future of Auer deference in Kisor v. Wilkie. Oral argument is March 27, 2019.

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Related Links & Differing Views:

The George Washington Law Review: “Kisor v. WIlkie

Yale Journal on Regulation: “Why the Supreme Court Might Overrule Seminole Rock

SCOTUSblog: “Symposium before the oral argument in Kisor v. Wilkie

Reuters: “Everybody hates Auer: Supreme Court challenge to agency deference draws 25 amicus briefs”

Yale Law & Policy Review: “The Uneasy Case Against Auer and Seminole Rock