Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing

On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of Bancroft clients Talen Energy Marketing, et al., in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, 136 S. Ct. 1288 (2016).  Bancroft partner Paul D. Clement argued the case on respondents’ behalf on February 24, 2016.  The case involved whether a Maryland regulatory program that guaranteed a rate for an electricity generator’s sales to federally regulated wholesale markets impermissibly invaded FERC’s exclusive jurisdiction over wholesale sales of electricity.  Agreeing with respondents, the Court affirmed the Fourth Circuit’s decision and held that Maryland’s program was preempted.  Paul D. Clement, Erin E. Murphy, and Edmund G. LaCour Jr. prepared the briefing.