(ORDER LIST: 534 U.S.)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2001
ORDER IN PENDING CASES00-1531) Verizon Maryland Inc. v. Public Service Comm'n of Maryland
The petitions for certiorari in these cases presented the samequestions at issue in Mathias v. WorldCom Technologies, 00-878, plus theadditional question of subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U. S. C. §1331.We granted certiorari only on the additional question, and held the otherquestions pending their resolution in Mathias, supra. Oral argument hasrevealed, however, that we may be unable to reach the merits of thequestions presented in Mathias. Therefore, to ensure that we havejurisdiction over all of the questions at issue in these cases, we grant thewrit of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the FourthCircuit on the remaining questions presented by the petitions for writs ofcertiorari, and request that the parties brief those questions.
The briefs of petitioners are to be filed with the Clerk and servedupon opposing counsel on or before 3 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2002.Respondent s brief is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposingcounsel on or before 3 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2002. Reply briefs, ifany, are to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on orbefore 3 p.m., February 15, 2002. Petitioners opening briefs andrespondent s brief shall not exceed 25 pages. Petitioners reply briefs,, ifany, shall not exceed 15 pages.
Rule 29.2 is suspended in these cases. Justice O'Connor took nopart in the consideration or decision of this order.