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Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.

Docket No.: 13-271
Certiorari Granted: Jul 1 2014
Argued: January 12, 2015
Decided: April 21, 2015


Commerce Clause, EPA, Supremacy Clause, antitrust, cost recovery, preemption, rule of reason

PartyNames: Oneok, Inc., et al. v. Learjet, Inc., et al.
Petitioner: Oneok, Inc., et al.
Respondent: Learjet, Inc., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 715 F.3d 716
Supreme Court Docket

Oneok, Inc., et al.
Learjet, Inc., et al.

The Natural Gas Act occupies the field as to matters within its scope, preempting state regulation directed at practices that affect the wholesale natural gas market. Respondents brought state-law claims against natural gas companies, seeking to regulate industry practices that Respondents concede affected prices in the wholesale market. And yet the Ninth Circuit held--in direct conflict with two state courts of last resort--that Respondents' Claims were not preempted because Respondents allegedly were damaged when they bought natural gas in retail sales, which fall outside federal jurisdiction.

Question Presented:

Does the Natural Gas Act preempt state-law claims challenging industry practices that directly affect the wholesale natural gas market when those claims are asserted by litigants who purchased gas in retail transactions?

Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.

January 12, 2015

Listen to Oral Argument in Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc.
Vote: 6-3
Majority: Breyer, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan, Thomas
Concurring: Thomas
Dissenting: Scalia,Roberts,Chief Justice
Opinion By:
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