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Many Commission decisions are challenged or enforced in the Federal courts. The Office of the Solicitor, OGC, has independent authority to defend the Commission in court, typically the U.S. Courts of Appeals, unless the matter goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The defense normally entails preparing motions and briefs and presenting oral arguments before three-judge panels. It may also involve responding to petitions for writ of mandamus and requests to stay the underlying Commission action. At times, the Office files briefs as a "friend of the court," and in certain limited circumstances also defends the Commission or enforces its initiatives in the U.S. district courts.
Saguaro Power Co. v. FERC
No. 17-1050 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/10/2017)
Old Dominion Elec. Coop. and Dominion Resources Servs. v. FERC
No. 17-1040 and 17-1041 (D.C. Cir. filed 2/6/2017)
Townships of Bordentown and Chesterfield, New Jersey v. FERC
No. 17-1047 (3rd Cir. filed 1/6/2017)
Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, et al. v. FERC
No. 17-1003 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/4/2017)
Order amending licenses for three hydroelectric projects on the Kennebec River in Maine, to require protection plans for endangered Atlantic salmon and sturgeon. Merimil Limited Partnership and Brookfield White Pine Hydro, LLC, 155 FERC ¶ 61,185
(2016), reh’g dismissed, 157 FERC ¶ 61,089
FERC Docket No. P-2574, et al.
Big Bend Conservation Alliance v. FERC
No. 17-1002 (D.C. Cir. filed 1/3/2017)
Order authorizing Trans-Pecos Pipeline to site, construct, and operate a border-crossing facility (Presidio Border Crossing Project) for the import and export of natural gas at the international boundary between the US and Mexico. Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC,
155 FERC ¶ 61,140
(2016), order on reh’g,
157 FERC ¶ 61,081
FERC Docket No. CP15-500
MISO Transmission Owners v. FERC
No. 16-1449 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/27/2016)
Compliance filings by PJM, MISO, PJM Transmission Owners, and MISO Transmission Owners, concerning interregional transmission coordination and cost planning requirements of Order No. 1000. PJM Interconn., L.L.C., et al.,
149 FERC ¶ 61,250
(2014), order on reh’g and compl., 155 FERC ¶ 61,008
(2016), order on reh’g and compl.,
157 FERC ¶ 61,065 (2016).
FERC Docket No. ER13-1944, et al.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. FERC
No. 16-1433 (D.C. Cir. filed 12/23/2016)