High Court Says Mobile-Sierra Applies To 3rd Parties

Law360, New York (January 13, 2010, 5:54 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of energy companies looking to apply the rigorous Mobile-Sierra doctrine to third-party rate challengers, further enforcing the autonomy of established energy contracts and setting a high bar for consumers who want to challenge their rates.

Ruling broadly, the high court overturned a federal appeals court's decision in NRG Power Marketing LLC v. Maine Public Utilities Commission, in an 8-1 opinion rendered Tuesday, holding that application of the Mobile-Sierra doctrine simply “does not depend on the identity of the...
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