U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number


Cert. Denied


Questions Presented

Whether Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., 325 U.S. 410 (1945), and Auer v. Robbins, 519 U.S. 452 (1997), should be overruled.

Case Updates

Cert. petition denied

March 19, 2018

Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Gorsuch, dissented from the denial of cert.

U.S. Chamber urges Supreme Court to review deference in government contract disputes

September 11, 2017

The Chamber’s amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to grant certiorari to overrule Seminole Rock and Auer deference, either in its entirety or, at a minimum, in government contracts disputes.

Mark W. Mosier and Kathryn Cahoy of Covington & Burling LLP served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

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