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Rule 4901-1-09 | Ex parte discussion of cases.


After a case has been assigned a formal docket number, no commissioner or ALJ assigned to the case may discuss the merits of the case with any party to the proceeding or a representative of a party, unless all parties have been notified and given the opportunity to be present or to participate by telephone, or a full disclosure of the communication insofar as it pertains to the subject matter of the case is made. When an ex parte discussion occurs, a representative of the party or parties participating in the discussion shall prepare a document identifying all the participants and the location of the discussion, and fully disclosing the communications made. Within two business days of the occurrence of the ex parte discussion, the document shall be provided to the commission's legal director, the legal director's designee, or to an ALJ present at the discussion for review. Upon completion of the review, the final document with any necessary changes shall be filed with the commission's docketing division within two business days and the filer shall serve a copy upon the parties to the case and to each participant in the discussion. The document filed and served shall include the following language: Any participant in the discussion who believes that any representation made in this document is inaccurate or that the communications made during the discussion have not been fully disclosed may prepare a letter explaining the participant's disagreement with the document, file the letter with the commission, and serve the letter upon all parties and participants in the discussion within two business days of receipt of this document.

Last updated April 11, 2024 at 8:59 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4901.13
Amplifies: 4901.13, 4903.081
Five Year Review Date: 4/11/2029
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/1981, 4/4/1996, 4/20/2001, 5/7/2007, 6/15/2014