Federal appeals court upholds USPS regulator’s decision to allow higher mail rates

A federal appeals court is upholding a Postal Service regulator’s decision that has led to higher mail prices.

A three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) struck a careful balance last year when it allowed USPS to set mail rates higher than the pace of inflation.

The judges, in their Nov. 12 ruling, agreed the commission’s new rate-making system included “sufficient safeguards” to prevent excessive rate increases, and gave USPS customers an outlet to challenge rate changes before the commission.

The National Postal Policy Council led the lawsuit on the behalf of other mailers associations and argued the commission went too far in giving USPS the ability to set rates above inflation.

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