Friends—The D.C. Circuit affirmed the district court’s upholding of the National Mediation Board’s election ballot counting rule today. Judge Tatel wrote for himself and Judge Griffin. Judge Henderson dissented.
The court ruled, using Chevron, that the statute was ambiguous and that the Board’s rule was permissible. It also ruled that its change from a longstanding rule was not arbitrary and capricious, citing Fox TV Stations, and affirmed Judge Friedman’s denial of a discovery request by ATA seeking evidence of bias on the part of the Board majority, citing the ANA case. It is a rare rulemaking bias case in that regard.
10-5253, Air Transp. Assoc. of America v. National Mediation Board