Interstate Nat. Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., No. 12828-WB.

CourtUnited States District Courts. 9th Circuit. United States District Court (Southern District of California)
Writing for the CourtT. J. Reynolds, L. T. Rice, Los Angeles, Cal., for defendant, Southern Cal. Gas Co
Citation103 F. Supp. 317
PartiesINTERSTATE NATURAL GAS CO. v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO. et al.
Decision Date03 March 1952
Docket NumberNo. 12828-WB.

103 F. Supp. 317

INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS CO.
v.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO. et al.

No. 12828-WB.

United States District Court S. D. California, Central Division.

March 3, 1952.


103 F. Supp. 318

Guthrie, Darling & Shattuck, Los Angeles, Cal., for plaintiff.

T. J. Reynolds, L. T. Rice, Los Angeles, Cal., for defendant, Southern Cal. Gas Co.

Milford Springer, Los Angeles, Cal., for defendant, Southern Counties Gas Co.

Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, Turner H. McBaine, and Byron E. Kabot, all of San Francisco, Cal., for defendant, Southern Cal. Gas Co. and Southern Counties Gas Co.

BYRNE, District Judge.

Plaintiff's original complaint was held by this court, in a memorandum of decision, 102 F.Supp. 685, to be vulnerable to a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction of the subject matter of the action due to plaintiff's failure to exhaust its administrative remedies.

An amended complaint has been filed in which plaintiff seeks to avoid the impact of the court's opinion by the addition of allegations of facts which it contends, if true, resulted in an exhaustion of its administrative remedies. These allegations fail to meet the force of the opinion. They refer to oral requests that plaintiff made of the Federal Power Commission to compel the defendants to file rates. The Rules of Practice of the Federal Power Commission (18 C.F.R. 1.6), of which this court may take judicial notice, require that "Formal complaints shall be in writing and under oath", and even informal complaints shall be in writing. If the court were to construe the complaint as alleging that the Commission had waived the formal requirements and granted a hearing under Section 717d(a), Title 15 U.S.C.A., it would not avail the plaintiff. Section 717r provides for administrative and judicial review at the instance of an "aggrieved person", and there is no allegation that these remedies were pursued.

With respect to the allegations that the Commission refused to permit the plaintiff to intervene in a collateral proceeding not involving the defendants who have appeared in this action, aside from the question of materiality, these allegations fall short for the same reasons as those heretofore referred to. Refusal of permission to intervene in a proceeding under 717n did not preclude the plaintiff from filing a complaint under 717d and pursuing its administrative remedies any more than the oral conversations did.

The plaintiff has made no effort to allege that a hearing was had...

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  • Woods Exploration & Prod. Co. v. Aluminum Co. of Amer., Civ. A. No. 14669.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. Southern District of Texas
    • March 29, 1968
    ...Power Commission's regulation of the natural gas industry. Interstate Nat. Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., 102 F.Supp. 685, 103 F.Supp. 317 (S.D.Cal.1952), aff'd, 209 F.2d 380 (9th Cir. 1953). Moreover, the activities made the subject matter of the instant suit involve Railroad Comm......
  • Utah Gas Pipelines Corp. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., No. C 103-64.
    • United States
    • U.S. District Court — District of Utah
    • October 5, 1964
    ...is placed upon Interstate Nat. Gas Co. v. Southern 233 F. Supp. 960 California Gas Co., D.C.S.D.Cal., 102 F. Supp. 685 (1952), rehearing 103 F.Supp. 317 (1952), affirmed 9th Cir., 209 F.2d 380 (1953); McClellan v. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., D.C.D.Minn., 104 F. Supp. 46 (1952), affirmed 8......
  • Potash Co. of America v. New Mexico Public Service Commission, No. 6015
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court of New Mexico
    • September 10, 1956
    ...v. Houston Belt & Terminal Ry. Co., Tex.Civ.App., 227 S.W.2d 610; Interstate Natural Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., D.C., 103 F.Supp. 317; Valley & Siletz R. Co. v. Flagg, 195 Or. 683, 247 P.2d 639, and United Merchants & Mfrs. v. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., ......
  • Interstate Natural Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., No. 13373.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    • December 29, 1953
    ...administrative remedies, D.C., 102 F.Supp. 685. Appellant filed an amended complaint which was also dismissed on the same ground, D.C., 103 F.Supp. 317. The pertinent allegations of the amended complaint are as Appellees own and operate a natural gas pipeline system constructed upon rights-......
4 cases
  • Woods Exploration & Prod. Co. v. Aluminum Co. of Amer., Civ. A. No. 14669.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. Southern District of Texas
    • March 29, 1968
    ...Power Commission's regulation of the natural gas industry. Interstate Nat. Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., 102 F.Supp. 685, 103 F.Supp. 317 (S.D.Cal.1952), aff'd, 209 F.2d 380 (9th Cir. 1953). Moreover, the activities made the subject matter of the instant suit involve Railroad Comm......
  • Utah Gas Pipelines Corp. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., No. C 103-64.
    • United States
    • U.S. District Court — District of Utah
    • October 5, 1964
    ...is placed upon Interstate Nat. Gas Co. v. Southern 233 F. Supp. 960 California Gas Co., D.C.S.D.Cal., 102 F. Supp. 685 (1952), rehearing 103 F.Supp. 317 (1952), affirmed 9th Cir., 209 F.2d 380 (1953); McClellan v. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., D.C.D.Minn., 104 F. Supp. 46 (1952), affirmed 8......
  • Potash Co. of America v. New Mexico Public Service Commission, No. 6015
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court of New Mexico
    • September 10, 1956
    ...v. Houston Belt & Terminal Ry. Co., Tex.Civ.App., 227 S.W.2d 610; Interstate Natural Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., D.C., 103 F.Supp. 317; Valley & Siletz R. Co. v. Flagg, 195 Or. 683, 247 P.2d 639, and United Merchants & Mfrs. v. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., ......
  • Interstate Natural Gas Co. v. Southern California Gas Co., No. 13373.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    • December 29, 1953
    ...administrative remedies, D.C., 102 F.Supp. 685. Appellant filed an amended complaint which was also dismissed on the same ground, D.C., 103 F.Supp. 317. The pertinent allegations of the amended complaint are as Appellees own and operate a natural gas pipeline system constructed upon rights-......

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