Representative Matters

  • As FERC counsel for several large municipal utilities in California, Katie was a key player in both the litigation of, and settlement negotiations concerning, a series of Pacific Gas and Electric Company transmission rate cases. Katie’s clients received millions of dollars in refunds under the settlement agreements achieved in these proceedings, and are poised to receive additional millions of dollars in benefits as a result of FERC’s decision on the litigation. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 173 FERC ¶ 61,045 (2000).
  • Katie was part of the team that successfully appealed FERC’s grant of a large return–on-equity incentive to a California utility. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the matter to FERC, where it remains pending.  Depending on the outcome, California ratepayers could receive past refunds and a going forward rate decrease in excess of $50 million each year.  California Public Utilities Commission v. FERC, 879 F.3d 966 (9th Cir. 2018).
  • On behalf of three Northern California entities, Katie was part of the team that successfully challenged a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation interpretation of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act that would have allowed the Bureau to impose disproportionate environmental remediation costs on CVP power contractors. Northern California Power Agency v. United States, 942 F.3d 1091 (Fed. Cir. 2019).
  • Katie was the principal author of a pro bono brief filed on behalf of a number of distinguished legal scholars addressing the relationship between defamation suits and the First Amendment. Gilmore v. Jones, 370 F. Supp. 3d 630 (W.D. Va.2019). The brief was later the subject of an article published in The New York Times. Certain of the other amicus briefs she has authored have been cited in Supreme Court majority opinions and dissenting opinions.  See, e.g., Artis v. D.C., 134 S. Ct. 594 (2018); FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, 136 S. Ct. 760 (2016).

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