Martin v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

PETITIONER: Martin
RESPONDENT: Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
LOCATION: County of Riverside: District Attorney

DOCKET NO.: 89-1541
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1990-1991)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

CITATION: 499 US 144 (1991)
ARGUED: Nov 27, 1990
DECIDED: Mar 20, 1991

ADVOCATES:
Clifford M. Sloan - on behalf of the Petitioner
John D. Faught - on behalf of the Respondents

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 27, 1990 in Martin v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - March 20, 1991 in Martin v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinion of the Court in two cases will be announced by Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

This case is Martin versus Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, No. 89-1541.

That case is here on certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act authorizes a Secretary of Labor to prosecute civil penalty actions before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The question here in this case is whether a reviewing court should defer to the Secretary or to the Commission when these two actions act or disagree on the interpretation of a regulation.

In an opinion filed with the Clerk today, we hold that a court must divert to the Secretary under the circumstances.

We, therefore, reverse the judgment of the Tenth Circuit.