Representative Matters

  • Three seminal cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, which dealt with the interrelation of the regulatory schemes chosen by Congress and the principles of the antitrust laws:
    • Gainesville Utilities Department v. Florida Power Corp., 402 U.S. 515 (1971) (represented Federal Power Commission before Fifth Circuit, part of Supreme Court work);
    • Federal Power Commission v. Gulf States Utilities, 411 U.S. 747 (1973), affirming City of Lafayette, City of Plaquemine v. Securities & Exchange Commission, 454 F.2d 941 (D.C. Cir. 1971) (Counsel for Lafayette and Plaquemine, Louisiana);
    • FPC v. Conway Corp., 426 U.S. 271 (1976), affirming Conway Corp. v. FPC, 510 F.2d 1264 (D.C. Cir. 1975) (Counsel for Conway Corp., et al.).
  • Perhaps the most exhaustive electric rate case in the FPC’s history, Municipal Light Boards of Reading & Wakefield, Massachusetts v. Boston Edison Co., Op. No. 729, 53 F.P.C. 1545, on reh’g, Op. No. 729-A, 54 F.P.C. 440 (1975), aff’d sub nom. Town of Norwood v. FPC, 546 F.2d 1036 (D.C. Cir. 1976).
  • The largest (and longest delayed decision) in FERC’s history, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., FERC Docket No. E-7777 (Phase II).
  • He also tried several of the major antitrust cases before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (then the Atomic Energy Commission), e.g.Louisiana Power & Light Co., 8 A.E.C. 718, 847 (1974); Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 31 N.R.C. 595 (1990), petition for review dismissed, No. 90-1463 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 5, 1992).
  • Bob and the firm represented the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), an organization that he co-founded, in the extensive legislative proceedings which led to the passage of the national Energy Policy Act of 1992.
  • Bob also has been responsible for some of the basic cases in contract law, such as Transatlantic Financing Corp. v. United States, 124 U.S. App. D.C. 183, 363 F.2d 312 (D.C. Cir. 1966), still used in many texts as a key case on frustration of purpose in contract law.