UNION PAC. R.R. CO. v. PUB. SERVICE COMM.

No. 65.

248 U.S. 67 (1918)

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY v. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF MISSOURI.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 9, 1918.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. N.H. Loomis, with whom Mr. Henry W. Clark was on the briefs, for plaintiff in error.

Mr. A.Z. Patterson, with whom Mr. Wm. G. Busby and Mr. James D. Lindsay were on the brief, for defendant in error.


MR. JUSTICE HOLMES delivered the opinion of the court.

This case concerns the validity of a charge made by the Public Service Commission of Missouri for a certificate authorizing the issue of bonds secured by a mortgage of the whole line of the Union Pacific road. The statutes of Missouri have general prohibitions against the issue of such bonds without the authority of the Commission, impose severe penalties for such issue...

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