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Talk America, Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co.

United States Supreme Court
131 S. Ct. 2254 (2010)


Talk America, Inc. and other telecommunications providers (plaintiffs) filed a complaint against Michigan Bell Telephone Company (Michigan Bell) (defendant). The Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) issued an order in favor of the plaintiffs. Michigan Bell appealed to the federal district court, which reversed the Commission’s order. The plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted amicus briefs, arguing that the FCC’s interpretation of its regulations implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C. § 251(c)(2), favored the plaintiffs. However, the court of appeals affirmed the district court’s decision. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether the FCC’s interpretation of its implementing regulations should be given deference.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

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