Altera Corporation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

U.S. Supreme Court

Question(s) Presented

1. Whether the Treasury Department’s regulation is arbitrary and capricious and thus invalid under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.

2. Whether, under SEC v. Chenery Corp., 332 U.S. 194 (1947), the regulation may be upheld on a rationale the agency never advanced during rulemaking.

3. Whether a procedurally defective regulation may be upheld under Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984) on the ground that the agency has offered a “permissible” interpretation of the statute in litigation. 

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