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Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., Cato Legal Briefs

Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., Cato Legal Briefs

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No. 11-204I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
___________
M
ICHAEL
S
HANE
C
HRISTOPHER AND
F
RANK 
B
UCHANAN
,
 Petitioners,
v.S
MITH
LINE
B
EECHAM
,
 
C
ORP
.,
 
D/B/A 
 
G
LAXO
S
MITH
LINE
 
Respondent.
 ___________ 
 On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appealsfor the Ninth Circuit
 ___________ BRIEF OF WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION, ALLIED EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, ANDTHE CATO INSTITUTE AS
 AMICI CURIAE 
 IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT ___________ 
March 26, 2012C
ORY 
L.
 
 A 
NDREWS
 
Counsel of Record
 W
 ASHINGTON
L
EGAL
 F
OUNDATION
 2009 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036(202) 588-0302candrews@wlf.org
 
 
QUESTION PRESENTED
 Amici curiae
address the following issue only:Whether deference is owed to the Secretary of Labor’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemption for outside sales employees andrelated regulations.
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
QUESTION PRESENTED ....................................... iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................... ivINTERESTS OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
........................... 1STATEMENT OF THE CASE ................................. 3SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .................................. 8 ARGUMENT .......................................................... 10I.AGENCIES SHOULD NOT BEPERMITTED TO USE
 AUER
 DEFERENCE TO CIRCUMVENT THEIMPORTANT PROTECTIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT ............................................................. 10II.THE DEPARTMENT’S ABRUBTCHANGE IN HOW IT INTERPRETSITS OWN REGULATIONSIMPLEMENTING THE FLSA’S“OUTSIDE SALES” EXEMPTIONCONSTITUTES AN “UNFAIRSURPRISE” THAT IS UNDESERVINGOF DEFERENCE ........................................ 17CONCLUSION ....................................................... 23

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