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Petitioner Nevada Power Company (NPC) filed a writ petition challenging the district court’s jurisdiction over a class action complaint against NPC that alleged deceptive and unfair trade practices, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and breach of contract. The two issues facing the Nevada Supreme Court were (1) whether the district court had subjectmatter jurisdiction to entertain a complaint against a public utility for the above causes of action; and (2) if the district court did have jurisdiction over those claims, did the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) have primary jurisdiction such that the district court should have deferred to the PUC?

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