The US Supreme Court holds that the Natural gas Act does not preempt State law antitrust claims (Oneok / Learjet)

SCOTUS Holds Natural Gas Act Does Not Preempt State Law Antitrust Claims* In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., Case No. 13-271 (Apr. 21, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Natural Gas Act did not preempt retail customers’ state law antitrust claims against interstate gas pipeline operators for price manipulation. Historically, the gas industry in the United States has been divided into three segments: (i) natural gas producers, (ii) interstate pipelines that ship the gas from gas fields to distant markets, and (iii) local gas distributors. In the 1920s, Congress enacted the Natural Gas Act to regulate interstate gas shipments. The Act created a regulator, now known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), which

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Howard M. Ullman, The US Supreme Court holds that the Natural gas Act does not preempt State law antitrust claims (Oneok / Learjet), 21 April 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin US Supreme Court, Art. N° 72686

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