The Volokh Conspiracy
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Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected challenges to several FERC orders made in rate proceedings in Area Energy LLC v. FERC. Judge Sentelle wrote for a unanimous court.
Senior Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman filed a separate statement. It reads in its entirety: "I wish FERC's briefing was as clear as Judge Sentelle's opinion."
When I clerked on the D.C. Circuit, clerks generally dreaded working on FERC cases, in no small part because we'd anticipate poor briefing. Combined with the complicated, detail-oriented questions, it could be mind-numbing to prepare for such cases. Some clerks would even use FERC as an expletive. It seems not much has changed.