High Court Blurs Dividing Line Of Natural Gas Act Authority

By Keith Goldberg (April 21, 2015, 8:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court gave a green light to states to take on gas industry practices that have been historically policed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its Tuesday ruling that state-law claims against natural gas companies over price-fixing aren't preempted by the Natural Gas Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court found on Tuesday that the Natural Gas Act doesn't preempt state-law claims against natural gas companies over price-fixing. (Credit: Getty) By a 7-2 vote, the high court affirmed a Ninth Circuit ruling which held that Congress did not give the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission the right to oversee first sales...

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