The California Public Utilities Commission on October 22 got more good news from the state supreme court, which rejected challenges to its direct-access authority. The same day it upheld the secret CPUC?Southern California Edison deal, the state?s high court justices refused to strike down the CPUC?s direct-access switching regulation?also known as the going and coming rules?challenged by Edison and The Utility Reform Network. ?It is another example of the supreme court letting the CPUC do whatever the hell it wants, regardless of the law,? said Mike Florio, TURN senior attorney. ?These two decisions on the same day make me wonder if there is any sanity left in the world.? Edison and TURN unsuccessfully argued that allowing big energy consumers to move between utility and nonutility providers violates the law state legislators passed that suspended direct access as of September 20, 2001. The measure was enacted during the energy crisis to protect investor-owned utility ratepayers from being unfairly burdened with the state Department of Water Resources? power costs. Last May, on a split vote, the commission agreed to permit former direct-access customers that switched back to bundled services to once again reverse course and pick a new utility service provider after the September 2001 suspension date.