you're reading...
Duke Energy, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Sempra Energy, The Regents of the University of California, Tony Haymet, Uncategorized, William Fletcher

In re: WESTERN STATES WHOLESALE NATURAL GAS ANTITRUST LITIGATION,

In re: WESTERN STATES WHOLESALE NATURAL GAS ANTITRUST LITIGATION, ABELMAN ART GLASS; FAIRHAVEN POWER CO.; UTILITY SAVINGS & REFUND SERVICES, LLP, Plaintiffs – Appellants, v. AEP ENERGY SERVICES, INC.; AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY, INC.; CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC.; DUKE ENERGY; DUKE ENERGY & MARKETING, LLC; DUKE ENERGY CORP.; DUKE ENERGY TRADING AND MARKETING, LLC; DYNEGY HOLDING CO., INC.; DYNEGY, INC.; EL PASO CORPORATION; ENCANA CORPORATION; RELIANT ENERGY SERVICES, INC.; RELIANT RESOURCES, INC.; SEMPRA ENERGY; SEMPRA ENERGY TRADING CORP.; WS ENERGY SERVICES, INC.; XCEL ENERGY, INC., Defendants – Appellees.

No. 06-15130

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

248 Fed. Appx. 821; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22763; 168 Oil & Gas Rep. 603

February 13, 2007, Argued and Submitted, San Francisco, California

September 24, 2007, Filed

NOTICE:  

PLEASE REFER TO FEDERAL RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE RULE 32.1 GOVERNING THE CITATION TO UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:   Appeal after remand at, Remanded by Glass v. AEP Energy Servs., 269 Fed. Appx. 713, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 5781 (9th Cir. Nev., Mar. 11, 2008)

PRIOR HISTORY:    [*1] 

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. D.C. Nos. CV-03-01431-PMP, CV-05-00243-PRO, CV-05-00437-PRO, CV-05-00110-PMP. Philip M. Pro, District Judge, Presiding.
Fairhaven Power Co. v. Encana Corp. (In re W. States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litig.), 408 F. Supp. 2d 1055, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38662 (D. Nev., 2005)

DISPOSITION:  

REVERSED AND REMANDED.

COUNSEL:   For ABELMAN ART GLASS, Plaintiff – Appellant: R. Alexander Saveri, Guido Saveri, Esq., SAVERI & SAVERI INC., San Francisco, CA; Susan G. Kupfer, Esq., GLANCY BINKOW & GOLDBERG, San Francisco, CA; Marc H. Edelson, Esq., Doylestown, PA.

For FAIRHAVEN POWER CO., Plaintiff – Appellant: J. Bruce Alverson, Esq., Nathan Reinmiller, Esq., ALVERSON TAYLOR MORTENSEN NELSON & SANDERS, Las Vegas, NV; W. Timothy Needham, JANSSEN MALLOY NEEDHAM, Eureka, CA; Francis O. Scarpulla, Esq., Craig Corbitt, Esq., ZELLE HOFMANN VOELBEL MASON & GETTE, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Josef D Cooper, COOPER & KIRKHAM, P.C., San Francisco, CA; Michael E. Lehman, THE FURTH LAW FIRM, San Francisco, CA.

For UTILITY SAVINGS & REFUND SERVICES, LLP, Plaintiff – Appellant: Christina Donato Saler, Esq., Kate Resnick, Esq., KOHN SWIFT & GRAF, PC, Philadelphia, PA; Blake M. Harper, Esq., Dennis Stewart, Esq., Bridget Fogarty Gramme, Esq., HULETT HARPER STEWART, San Diego, CA; Marc H. Edelson, Esq., Doylestown, PA; Michael  [*2]  J. Boni, Esq., BONI & ZACK LLC, Bala Cnywyd, PA.

For BING’S STOP & SHOP, FRANK H. COLVETT, JR., SAMUEL D. LEGGETT, WOLFE RIVER CAFE, Plaintiffs: Alan G. Crone, Esq., CRONE & MASON PC, Memphis, TN.

For EVER-BLOOM, INC., MAXIMUM NURSERY, INC., Plaintiffs: Dennis J. Stewart, Esq., San Diego, CA.

For JP MORGAN TRUST COMPANY, NA, Plaintiff: Donald D. Barry, Esq., BARRY LAW OFFICES, Topeka, KS.

For MULTIUT CORPORATION, Plaintiff: Ira P. Gould, Esq., GREENBERG TRAURIG, Chicago, IL; Alan Jay Mandel, Esq., Skokie, IL.

For AEP ENERGY SERVICES, INC., AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY, INC., Defendants – Appellees: Jonathan L. Abram, Esq., HOGAN & HARTSON, LLP, Washington, DC.

For CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC., Defendant – Appellee: John L. Hendricks, Esq., Orrin L. Harrison, AKIN, GUMP, STRAUSS, HAUER & FELD, Dallas, TX; Matthew E. Digby, Esq., Brian I. Cheng, Esq., BINGHAM McCUTCHEN, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Christopher Healey, LUCE FORWARD HAMILTON & SCRIPPS, LLP, San Diego, CA; Elizabeth S. Parker, Esq., BERNHARD & BRADLEY, CHTD., Las Vegas, NV; Terry J. Houlihan, Esq., BINGHAM McCUTCHEN, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Mark A. James, Esq., BULLIVANT HOUSER BAILEY, PC, Las Vegas, NV.

For DUKE ENERGY, DUKE ENERGY &  [*3]  MARKETING, LLC, Defendants – Appellees: Bruno W. Katz, Esq., SHEA STOKES & CARTER, San Diego, CA; Adam Proujansky, Joel B. Kleinman, Esq., DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO LLP, Washington, DC.

For DUKE ENERGY CORP., DUKE ENERGY TRADING AND MARKETING, LLC, Defendants – Appellees: Scott DeVries, Esq., Katrina J. Lee, Esq., NOSSAMAN GUTHNER KNOX & ELLIOTT, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Bruno W. Katz, Esq., SHEA STOKES & CARTER, San Diego, CA; Adam Proujansky, Joel B. Kleinman, Esq., Lisa M. Miller, Esq., DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO LLP, Washington, DC.

For EL PASO CORPORATION, Defendant – Appellee: Diane E. Pritchard, Esq., MORRISON & FOERSTER, LLP, San Francisco, CA.

For RELIANT ENERGY SERVICES, INC., Defendant – Appellee: J. G. Copeland, Esq., BAKER & BOTTS, Houston, TX; Christopher Healey, LUCE FORWARD HAMILTON & SCRIPPS, LLP, San Diego, CA.

For RELIANT RESOURCES, INC., Defendant – Appellee: Jeffrey D. Wexler, Esq., LUCE, FORWARD, HAMILTON & SCRIPPS LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Matthew E. Digby, Esq., Brian I. Cheng, Esq., BINGHAM McCUTCHEN, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; J. Gregory Copeland, Mark R. Robeck, BAKER BOTTS, LLP, Houston, TX; Elizabeth S. Parker, Esq., BERNHARD & BRADLEY, CHTD., Las Vegas, NV; Terry J. Houlihan, Esq., BINGHAM  [*4]  McCUTCHEN, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Mark A. James, Esq., BULLIVANT HOUSER BAILEY, PC, Las Vegas, NV.

For SEMPRA ENERGY, Defendant – Appellee: Alan Z. Yudkowsky, Esq., Peter Jazayeri, Esq., STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN, Los Angeles, CA; James Fogelman, GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

For SEMPRA ENERGY TRADING CORP., Defendant – Appellee: Alan Z. Yudkowsky, Esq., Peter Jazayeri, Esq., STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN, Los Angeles, CA.

For XCEL ENERGY, INC., Defendant – Appellee: Michael C. Lieb, Esq., MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

JUDGES:   Before: FLETCHERB. FLETCHER, CLIFTON, and IKUTA, Circuit Judges.

OPINION  

MEMORANDUM *

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – Footnotes – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -*

This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.
– – – – – – – – – – – – End Footnotes- – – – – – – – – – – – – –

The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss on the ground that the filed rate doctrine barred all claims of Abelman Art Glass Company, Fairhaven Power Company, and Utility Savings and Refund Services, LLP (“Plaintiffs”). On a motion to dismiss “[a]ll allegations and reasonable inferences are taken as true, and the allegations are construed in the light most favorable to the non-moving party.” Adams v. Johnson, 355 F.3d 1179, 1183 (9th Cir. 2004).  [*5]  As we clarified in E. & J. Gallo Winery v. EnCana Corp., 503 F.3d 1027, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22332 (9th Cir. filed 2007), the Filed Rate Doctrine, as defined in that case, bars claims based on FERC-approved rates. FERC’s jurisdiction does not include approving retail rates, i.e., amounts paid in sales for consumption of natural gas, and therefore claims based on retail rates are not directly barred by the Filed Rate Doctrine. See 15 U.S.C. § 717(b); Panhandle E. Pipe Line Co. v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of Ind., 332 U.S. 507, 517, 68 S. Ct. 190, 92 L. Ed. 128 (1947). In their complaint, Plaintiffs alleged that all of their purchases of natural gas were for consumption. As indicated in E.& J. Gallo Winery, to the extent Plaintiffs’ damage claims are based on FERC-approved rates in upstream transactions, they are barred by the Filed Rate Doctrine. Nevertheless, construing Plaintiffs’ allegations in the light most favorable to Plaintiffs, it is reasonable to infer that at least some of the Plaintiffs’ damage claims are not barred by the Filed Rate Doctrine. Therefore, the district court erred in granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

Advertisements

About Leslie Brodie

Leslie Brodie is a reporter, writer, blogger, activist, and a religious leader in the community.

Discussion

Comments are closed.

Categories

RSS .

  • Yet Another Unlicensed Contractor Debacle 2017/07/10
    This story is late in publishing because the AOC (ahem, the judicial council) spent months drawing out our requests for information on a simple inquiry they should have been able to deliver on the same day it was received because what scant information they did provide was readily available to them. But they dragged out […]
    Judicial Council Watcher
  • Another Clifford Ham boondoggle in San Diego 2017/04/19
    More false promises of tunnels reaching out from jails to courthouses. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so because we’ve stated many times that ALL tunnel promises are false promises made to win local support of the projects and penciled out upon approval. What we find most disturbing is that Clifford Ham has a track […]
    Judicial Council Watcher
  • Writing our obit is a bit premature… 2017/04/06
    Welcome to 2017! Yeah, we know, a bit of time has passed since we’ve been hyperactive here. We’ve been a bit busy frying other fish.  If you consider yourself a progressive, you’ve already read and possibly even recognized our work elsewhere. We will be continuing those projects and check in here as not to neglect […]
    Judicial Council Watcher
  • Welcome to the first business day of our reinvigorated 10 year run! 2017/01/02
    Thanks to the sheer incompetence of Judicial Council staff leadership, we’re going to be spending the next ten years nipping at their heels. Last week, the San Francisco trial court ruled that the Jacobs entities maintained their contractors license and that the 22.7 million that the Judicial Council should have been able to recover is […]
    Judicial Council Watcher
  • Working for the Judicial Council and a pattern of racketeering activity 2016/10/31
    The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows […]
    Judicial Council Watcher

RSS Drudge Report Feed

  • WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message... 2017/12/14
    WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message... (Top headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS...Agenda on ropes...Dems Take Back House?THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE...
  • SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS... 2017/12/14
    SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS... (Top headline, 2nd story, link) Related stories:WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message...Agenda on ropes...Dems Take Back House?THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE...
  • Agenda on ropes... 2017/12/14
    Agenda on ropes... (Top headline, 3rd story, link) Related stories:WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message...SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS...Dems Take Back House?THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE...
  • Dems Take Back House? 2017/12/14
    Dems Take Back House? (Top headline, 4th story, link) Related stories:WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message...SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS...Agenda on ropes...THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE...
  • THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE... 2017/12/14
    THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE... (Top headline, 5th story, link) Related stories:WSJ: Alabama Sends a Message...SENATE MAJORITY HANGS BY SHORTHAIRS...Agenda on ropes...Dems Take Back House?
  • RUSH, RUSH! 2017/12/14
    RUSH, RUSH! (Main headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:TAX BILL BY XMASRATE CUTS
  • TAX BILL BY XMAS 2017/12/14
    TAX BILL BY XMAS (Main headline, 2nd story, link) Related stories:RUSH, RUSH!RATE CUTS
  • RATE CUTS 2017/12/14
    RATE CUTS (Main headline, 3rd story, link) Related stories:RUSH, RUSH!TAX BILL BY XMAS
  • RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN... 2017/12/14
    RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN... (First column, 1st story, link) Related stories:MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL...SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too...Threatened Murder...PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations...
  • MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL... 2017/12/14
    MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL... (First column, 2nd story, link) Related stories:RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN...SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too...Threatened Murder...PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations...
  • SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too... 2017/12/14
    SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too... (First column, 3rd story, link) Related stories:RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN...MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL...Threatened Murder...PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations...
  • Threatened Murder... 2017/12/14
    Threatened Murder... (First column, 4th story, link) Related stories:RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN...MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL...SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too...PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations...
  • PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations... 2017/12/14
    PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After 'Troubling' Allegations... (First column, 5th story, link) Related stories:RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSED OF RAPE BY 3 WOMEN...MORE SEX MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST MOGUL...SALMA HAYEK: Weinstein Is My Monster Too...Threatened Murder...
  • LIST: SAG Awards Nominations... 2017/12/14
    LIST: SAG Awards Nominations... (First column, 6th story, link) Related stories:Snubs: Streep, Hanks, Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis...
  • Snubs: Streep, Hanks, Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis... 2017/12/14
    Snubs: Streep, Hanks, Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis... (First column, 7th story, link) Related stories:LIST: SAG Awards Nominations...
  • Bel-Air wrestles with homeless after encampment fire torches mansions... 2017/12/14
    Bel-Air wrestles with homeless after encampment fire torches mansions... (First column, 8th story, link)
  • Earth's mysterious hum recorded underwater for 1st time... 2017/12/14
    Earth's mysterious hum recorded underwater for 1st time... (First column, 9th story, link)
  • CA Moves Step Closer To Mileage Tax For Motorists... 2017/12/14
    CA Moves Step Closer To Mileage Tax For Motorists... (First column, 10th story, link)
  • Dan Rather In Talks With YOUNG TURKS... 2017/12/14
    Dan Rather In Talks With YOUNG TURKS... (First column, 11th story, link)
  • Jailed Journalists Historic High... 2017/12/14
    Jailed Journalists Historic High... (First column, 12th story, link)
.
%d bloggers like this: