Ronald M. Levin


The proposed Bumpers Amendment to the Administrative Procedure Act would encourage courts to be less deferential than they have previously been toward federal agencies' views on issues of law. With regard to "jurisdictional" questions, the amendment would go further: it would invite courts not only to assert their independence, but also to disfavor agencies' positions. Professor Levin regards this special rule of construction for jurisdictional questions as an attempt to achieve deregulation through judicial review. He criticizes this strategy as poorly conceived and calls attention to several weaknesses in the draftsmanship of the jurisdiction provision.

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