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Litigating Authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission


The Interstate Commerce Commission lacks authority to intervene in the court of appeals in litigation between a railroad and its employees under the Railway Labor Act, or to file an amicus brief in the case, without the approval of the Attorney General.

The Interstate Commerce Commission also lacks authority to file a petition for certiorari, absent authorization from the Solicitor General.

Updated July 9, 2014