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U.S. Supreme Court Lets Natural Gas Act Preemption Seep Away

In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., No. 13-271 (April 21, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 7-2 opinion that state law antitrust claims against defendant natural gas pipeline companies did not fall within the field of...more

Supreme Court Finds No Pre-emption in Natural Gas Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., that the Natural Gas Act (NGA) does not pre-empt state-law antitrust suits over manipulation of natural gas indices. The court’s decision has important...more

Supreme Court’s Holding in Oneok v. Learjet Could Lead to New Risks for Market Participants

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Oneok v. Learjet, holding that “Respondents’ state-law antitrust claims are not within the field of matters pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act” even though the claimed violations...more

Supreme Court Rejects Pre-Emption Claim in State Antitrust Action

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a divided opinion declining to find federal pre-emption by the Natural Gas Act (NGA) of certain state antitrust claims. In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., a group of manufacturers,...more

ONEOK, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.: The Supreme Court Holds that Natural Gas Jurisdictional Sellers are Subject to State Antitrust...

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet, Inc. addressing the extent to which the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”) preempts state antitrust claims brought against...more

SCOTUS Holds Natural Gas Act Does Not Preempt State Law Antitrust Claims

In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., Case No. 13-271 (Apr. 21, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Natural Gas Act did not preempt retail customers’ state law antitrust claims against interstate gas pipeline operators for...more

Supreme Court Decides Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.

On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., No. 13-271, holding that state-law antitrust suits challenging retail rates for direct sales of natural gas are not field pre-empted by...more

Supreme Court Opens Door to Increased Role for State Courts and State Regulators in the Energy Sector

The Supreme Court today allowed the states a greater role in regulating the energy sector. In ONEOK, the Court held that states can regulate activities that affect both wholesale and retail transactions to the extent that the...more

Supreme Court Update: North Carolina Board Of Dental Examiners V. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), Kansas V. Nebraska (126,...

The robed returned to action with this week with decisions in three cases, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), on whether state licensing boards enjoy immunity from antitrust laws...more

Derailing an Expert in the Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation: What Every Litigator Needs to Know

The business of buying, selling, investing in, and arbitraging legal claims continues to grow, and carries with it hidden pitfalls. This is particularly the case when a litigation expert has a business relationship with a...more

FERC Versus State Authorities: Supreme Court Agrees to Review ONEOK v. Learjet

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition to hear an appeal by several companies contending that antitrust claims filed against them under state law over alleged manipulation of gas prices during the western...more

Competition and Regulation Update: Amendments To The Electricity And Gas Limited Merits Review Regime: It's All About The NEO/NGO

The South Australian parliament yesterday passed amendments to the National Electricity Law (NEL) and National Gas Law (NGL) to give effect to the policy position of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) in...more

SCC to Consider Use of Criminal Wiretaps in Class Actions

On June 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would hear appeals in two matters from Quebec (Imperial Oil v Simon Jacques and Couche-Tard Inc v Simon Jacques) that may determine whether and to what extent wire...more

REGULATORY: UK Competition Law: Application of Competition Law to the Energy Sector: Changes to UK Concurrency Regime

The UK government has tabled reforms to UK competition law which could allow the removal of the “concurrent” powers of sector regulators to apply competition law. The changes extend to the energy sector and beyond, raising...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: Greek Public Power Company Wins EU Court Challenge

The EU General Court has decided in favour of the Greek state-owned power company Public Power Corporation (PPC) against a European Commission decision sanctioning the utility’s continued virtual monopoly rights over lignite...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2012

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: International Arbitration: Extra Heavy Crude Oil: An Increased Potential for International Disputes by Louis-Alexis Bret - International Arbitration: Second Circuit Clarifies...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: EU General Court Slashes E.ON and GDF Antitrust Fines By Suzanne Rab

The European Commission (Commission) fined E.ON and GDF Suez over EUR 1 billion for an alleged market sharing agreement dating back to the 1970s. On 29 June 2012, the EU’s second-highest court, the General Court, gave...more

Giving Robinson-Patman New Life In The 6th Circ.

Originally published in Law360, New York (July 06, 2012, 12:44 PM ET) In Williams v. Duke Energy International Inc., No. 10-3604 (6th Cir. June 4, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a Rule...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: EU Internal Energy Market Legislation Not Fully in Force By Suzanne Rab

The Electricity and Gas Directives of the EU’s Third Energy Package were required to be implemented in EU national legislation by March 3, 2011 (with a year’s grace period until March 3, 2012 for unbundling rules). In our...more

Ninth Circuit Revives Sherman Act Claim Against Oil Companies, Recasting Conspiracy Under Rule of Reason

Despite the California Supreme Court's conclusion that gasoline purchasers failed even to imply a price-fixing conspiracy among major oil companies, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has allowed wholesale gasoline...more

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