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Legal Resources

Here are links to various legal resources at FERC: statutes, orders and regulations, administrative litigation, court cases, staff reports, and memoranda of understanding (MOU). You also will find links to filing FOIA and CEII requests and information about the No FEAR Act.

Some matters before the Commission are set for hearing before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and FERC Trial Staff. The ALJ will issue an Initial Decision and the Commission will issue a final order for the proceeding. Appeals of Commission orders and regulations are heard in Federal Courts. FERC also facilitates settlements as an alternative to litigation.

Federal Statutes

Major Orders & Regulations
FERC regulations implement laws passed by Congress, which enable the Commission to do business. Read More

Administrative Litigation
Contested proceedings and some appeals that are set for hearing before an ALJ. FERC trial staff represents the public interest. The Chief Judge assigns the ALJ for specific hearings and active cases. Read More

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The Commission facilitates settlements through its Dispute Resolution Service. Administrative Law Judges may also serve as settlement judges and certify settlements. Read More

Court Cases
Some of the Commission decisions are reviewed in U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as in the Supreme Court.

Individuals and organizations may also file formal complaints with the Commission. These complaints deal with a variety of matters under the FERC's jurisdiction. Read More

Memorandum of Understandings (MOU)
These are agreements between FERC and other State, Federal or International agencies to assist or share experiences. Read More

FERC is protecting energy facilities by restricting public access to Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII). Members of the public may obtain nonpublic or privileged information by submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Read More

No Fear Act
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's reporting page for the Notification of Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Retaliation Act of 2002 (No Fear Act), Public Law 207-174. Read More