Supreme Court gives judges more power to block federal regulations

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WASHINGTON —  In a major victory for business, the Supreme Court on Friday gave judges more power to block new regulations if they are not explicitly authorized by federal law. The court’s conservative majority overturned a 40-year-old rule that said judges should defer to agencies and their regulations if the law is not clear. The vote was 6 to 3, with the liberal justices dissenting.The decision signals a power shift in Washington away from agencies and in favor of the businesses and industries they regulate. It will give business lawyers a stronger hand in challenging new…

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