18 CFR 385.410 - Objections to discovery, motions to quash or to compel, and protective orders (Rule 410).

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§ 385.410 Objections to discovery, motions to quash or to compel, and protective orders (Rule 410).
(a) Objection to discovery—(1) Notice of objections or motion to quash. A participant, or a recipient of a subpoena, who does not intend to comply with a discovery request must notify in writing the participant seeking discovery within a reasonable time in advance of the date on which a response or other action in conformance with the discovery request is due. A recipient of a subpoena may either provide a notice of objection or file a motion to quash.
(2) Objections to production of documents. (i) Unless an objection to discovery under this section is based on the ground that production would impose an undue burden, the objecting participant must provide the participant seeking discovery with a schedule of items withheld and a statement of:
(A) The character and specific subject matter of each item; and
(B) The specific objection asserted for each item.
(ii) If an objection under this section is based on the ground that production of the requested material would impose an undue burden, the objecting participant must provide the participant seeking discovery with a description of the approximate number of documents that would have to be produced and a summary of the information contained in such documents.
(3) Objections to other discovery requests. If the discovery to which objection is made is not a request for documents, the objection must clearly state the grounds on which the participant bases its objection.
(4) Objections to compile or process information. The fact that information has not been compiled or processed in the form requested is not a basis for objection unless the objection presents grounds for limiting discovery under paragraph (c) of this section.
(b) Motions to compel. Any participant seeking discovery may file a motion to compel discovery, if:
(1) A participant to whom a data request is made or upon whom an interrogatory is served under Rule 406 fails or refuses to make a full, complete, and accurate response;
(2) A person named in a notice of intent to take a deposition or a subpoena fails or refuses to appear for the deposition;
(3) An organization named in a notice of intent to take a deposition fails or refuses to designate one or more persons to testify on its behalf under Rule 404(b)(3);
(4) A deponent fails or refuses to answer fully, completely, and accurately a question propounded or to sign the transcript of the testimony as required by Rule 404(f)(2);
(5) A participant upon whom a request for admissions is served fails or refuses to respond to the request in accordance with Rule 408(b); or
(6) A participant upon whom an order to produce or to permit inspection or entry is served under Rule 407 fails or refuses to comply with that order.
(c) Orders limiting discovery. A presiding officer may, by order, deny or limit discovery or restrict public disclosure of discoverable matter in order to:
(1) Protect a participant or other person from undue annoyance, burden, harassment or oppression;
(2) Prevent undue delay in the proceeding;
(3) Preserve a privilege of a participant, person, or governmental agency;
(4) Prevent a participant from requiring another participant to provide information which is readily available to the requesting participant from other sources with a reasonable expenditure of effort given the requesting participant's position and resources;
(5) Prevent unreasonably cumulative or duplicative discovery requests; or
(6) Provide a means by which confidential matters may be made available to participants so as to prevent public disclosure. Material submitted under a protective order may nevertheless be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests and review.
(d) Privilege—1) In general. (i) In the absence of controlling Commission precedent, privileges will be determined in accordance with decisions of the Federal courts with due consideration to the Commission's need to obtain information necessary to discharge its regulatory responsibilities.
(ii) A presiding officer may not quash a subpoena or otherwise deny or limit discovery on the ground of privilege unless the presiding officer expressly finds that the privilege claimed is applicable. If a presiding officer finds that a qualified privilege has been established, the participant seeking discovery must make a showing sufficient to warrant discovery despite the qualified privilege.
(iii) A presiding officer may issue a protective order under Rule 410(c) to deny or limit discovery in order to preserve a privilege of a participant, person, or governmental agency.
(2) Of the Commission. (i) If discovery under this subpart would require the production of Commission information, documents, or other matter that might fall within a privilege, the Commission trial staff must identify in writing the applicable privilege along with the matters claimed to be privileged or the individuals from whom privileged information is sought, to the presiding officer and the parties.
(ii) If the presiding officer determines that the privilege claimed for the Commission is applicable, the Commission information, documents, or other matter may not be produced. If the presiding officer determines that no privilege is applicable, that a privilege is waived, or that a qualified privilege is overcome, the presiding officer will certify the matter to the Commission in accordance with Rule 714. Certification to the Commission under this paragraph must describe the material to be disclosed and the reasons which, in the presiding officer's view, justify disclosure. The information will not be disclosed unless the Commission affirmatively orders the material disclosed.
[Order 225, 47 FR 19022, May 3, 1982, as amended by Order 466-A, 52 FR 35910, Sept. 24, 1987]

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  • 2015-06-24; vol. 80 # 121 - Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    1. 80 FR 36234 - Revised Exhibit Submission Requirements for Commission Hearings
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      DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
      Final rule.
      This rule will become effective July 24, 2015.
      18 CFR Part 385

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

§ 717 - Regulation of natural gas companies

§ 717a - Definitions

§ 717b - Exportation or importation of natural gas; LNG terminals

§ 717b-1

§ 717c - Rates and charges

§ 717c-1

§ 717d - Fixing rates and charges; determination of cost of production or transportation

§ 717e - Ascertainment of cost of property

§ 717f - Construction, extension, or abandonment of facilities

§ 717g - Accounts; records; memoranda

§ 717h - Rates of depreciation

§ 717i - Periodic and special reports

§ 717j - State compacts for conservation, transportation, etc., of natural gas

§ 717k - Officials dealing in securities

15 U.S. Code § -

§ 717m - Investigations by Commission

§ 717n - Process coordination; hearings; rules of procedure

15 U.S. Code § -

§ 717p - Joint boards

§ 717q - Appointment of officers and employees

§ 717r - Rehearing and review

§ 717s - Enforcement of chapter

§ 717t - General penalties

§ 717t-1

§ 717t-2

§ 717u - Jurisdiction of offenses; enforcement of liabilities and duties

§ 717v - Separability

§ 717w - Short title

§ 717x - Conserved natural gas

§ 717y - Voluntary conversion of natural gas users to heavy fuel oil

§ 717z - Emergency conversion of utilities and other facilities

§ 3301 - Definitions

§ 3311 to 3320, 3331 to 3333 - Repealed.

§ 3341 to 3348 - Repealed.

§ 3361 - Declaration of emergency

§ 3362 - Emergency purchase authority

§ 3363 - Emergency allocation authority

§ 3364 - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 3371 - Authorization of certain sales and transportation

§ 3372 - Assignment of contractual rights to receive surplus natural gas

§ 3373 - Effect of certain natural gas prices on indefinite price escalator clauses

§ 3374 - Clauses prohibiting certain sales, transportation, and commingling

§ 3375 - Filing of contracts and agreements

§ 3391 - Natural gas for essential agricultural uses

§ 3391a - “Essential agricultural use” defined

§ 3392 - Natural gas for essential industrial process and feedstock uses

§ 3393 - Establishment and implementation of priorities

§ 3394 - Limitation on revoking or amending certain pre-1969 certificates of public convenience and necessity

§ 3411 - General rulemaking authority

§ 3412 - Administrative procedure

§ 3413 - Repealed.

§ 3414 - Enforcement

§ 3415 - Intervention

§ 3416 - Judicial review

§ 3417 - Repealed.

§ 3418 - Applicability of other Federal statutory provisions relating to information-gathering

§ 3431 - Coordination with the Natural Gas Act

§ 3432 - Effect on State laws

U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 792 - Federal Power Commission; creation; number; appointment; term; qualifications; vacancies; quorum; chairman; salary; place of holding sessions

§ 793 - Appointment of officers and employees of Commission; duties, and salaries; detail of officers and employees from other departments; expenditures authorized

§ 793a - Repealed.

§ 794, 795 - Omitted

§ 796 - Definitions

§ 797 - General powers of Commission

§ 797a - Congressional authorization for permits, licenses, leases, or authorizations for dams, conduits, reservoirs, etc., within national parks or monuments

§ 797b - Duty to keep Congress fully and currently informed

§ 797c - Dams in National Park System units

§ 797d - Third party contracting by FERC

§ 798 - Purpose and scope of preliminary permits; transfer and cancellation

§ 799 - License; duration, conditions, revocation, alteration, or surrender

§ 800 - Issuance of preliminary permits or licenses

§ 801 - Transfer of license; obligations of transferee

§ 802 - Information to accompany application for license; landowner notification

§ 803 - Conditions of license generally

§ 804 - Project works affecting navigable waters; requirements insertable in license

§ 805 - Participation by Government in costs of locks, etc.

§ 806 - Time limit for construction of project works; extension of time; termination or revocation of licenses for delay

§ 807 - Right of Government to take over project works

§ 808 - New licenses and renewals

§ 809 - Temporary use by Government of project works for national safety; compensation for use

§ 810 - Disposition of charges arising from licenses

§ 811 - Operation of navigation facilities; rules and regulations; penalties

§ 812 - Public-service licensee; regulations by State or by commission as to service, rates, charges, etc.

§ 813 - Power entering into interstate commerce; regulation of rates, charges, etc.

§ 814 - Exercise by licensee of power of eminent domain

§ 815 - Contract to furnish power extending beyond period of license; obligations of new licensee

§ 816 - Preservation of rights vested prior to June 10, 1920

§ 817 - Projects not affecting navigable waters; necessity for Federal license, permit or right-of-way; unauthorized activities

§ 818 - Public lands included in project; reservation of lands from entry

§ 819 - Repealed. Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II,

§ 820 - Proceedings for revocation of license or to prevent violations of license

§ 821 - State laws and water rights unaffected

§ 822 - Reservation of right to alter or repeal chapter

§ 823 - Repeal of inconsistent laws

§ 823a - Conduit hydroelectric facilities

§ 823b - Enforcement

§ 823c - Alaska State jurisdiction over small hydroelectric projects

§ 823d - Alternative conditions and prescriptions

§ 824 - Declaration of policy; application of subchapter

§ 824a - Interconnection and coordination of facilities; emergencies; transmission to foreign countries

§ 824a-1

§ 824a-2

§ 824a-3

§ 824a-4

§ 824b - Disposition of property; consolidations; purchase of securities

§ 824c - Issuance of securities; assumption of liabilities

§ 824d - Rates and charges; schedules; suspension of new rates; automatic adjustment clauses

§ 824e - Power of Commission to fix rates and charges; determination of cost of production or transmission

§ 824f - Ordering furnishing of adequate service

§ 824g - Ascertainment of cost of property and depreciation

§ 824h - References to State boards by Commission

§ 824i - Interconnection authority

§ 824j - Wheeling authority

§ 824j-1

§ 824k - Orders requiring interconnection or wheeling

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824m - Sales by exempt wholesale generators

§ 824n - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 824p - Siting of interstate electric transmission facilities

§ 824q - Native load service obligation

§ 824r - Protection of transmission contracts in the Pacific Northwest

§ 824s - Transmission infrastructure investment

§ 824t - Electricity market transparency rules

§ 824u - Prohibition on filing false information

§ 824v - Prohibition of energy market manipulation

§ 824w - Joint boards on economic dispatch

§ 825 - Accounts and records

§ 825a - Rates of depreciation; notice to State authorities before fixing

§ 825b - Requirements applicable to agencies of United States

§ 825c - Periodic and special reports; obstructing filing reports or keeping accounts, etc.

§ 825d - Officials dealing in securities

§ 825e - Complaints

§ 825f - Investigations by Commission

§ 825g - Hearings; rules of procedure

§ 825h - Administrative powers of Commission; rules, regulations, and orders

§ 825i - Appointment of officers and employees; compensation

§ 825j - Investigations relating to electric energy; reports to Congress

§ 825k - Publication and sale of reports

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 825m - Enforcement provisions

§ 825n - Forfeiture for violations; recovery; applicability

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 825o-1

§ 825p - Jurisdiction of offenses; enforcement of liabilities and duties

§ 825q - Repealed.

§ 825q-1

§ 825r - Separability

§ 825s - Sale of electric power from reservoir projects; rate schedules; preference in sale; construction of transmission lines; disposition of moneys

§ 825s-1

§ 825s-2

§ 825s-3

§ 825s-4

§ 825s-5

§ 825s-6

§ 825s-7

§ 825t - Utilization of power revenues

§ 825u - Interest rate on power bonds held by Administrator of General Services

§ 828 - Facilitation of development and construction of water conservation facilities; exemption from certain Federal requirements

§ 828a - Definitions

§ 828b - Exemption from formula, books and records, and project cost statement requirements; annual charges

§ 828c - Applicability of this subchapter

§ 2601 - Findings

§ 2602 - Definitions

§ 2603 - Relationship to antitrust laws

§ 2611 - Purposes

§ 2612 - Coverage

§ 2613 - Federal contracts

§ 2621 - Consideration and determination respecting certain ratemaking standards

§ 2622 - Obligations to consider and determine

§ 2623 - Adoption of certain standards

§ 2624 - Lifeline rates

§ 2625 - Special rules for standards

§ 2626 - Reports respecting standards

§ 2627 - Relationship to State law

§ 2631 - Intervention in proceedings

§ 2632 - Consumer representation

§ 2633 - Judicial review and enforcement

§ 2634 - Prior and pending proceedings

§ 2641 - Voluntary guidelines

§ 2642 - Responsibilities of Secretary

§ 2643 - Gathering information on costs of service

§ 2644 - Relationship to other authority

§ 2645 - Utility regulatory institute

U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
USC: Title 49a
U.S. Code: Title 49 - TRANSPORTATION
Presidential Documents

Executive Order ... 12009

Title 18 published on 2015-04-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 18 CFR Part 385 after this date.

  • 2015-06-24; vol. 80 # 121 - Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    1. 80 FR 36234 - Revised Exhibit Submission Requirements for Commission Hearings
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
      Final rule.
      This rule will become effective July 24, 2015.
      18 CFR Part 385