No. 215.

249 U.S. 557 (1919)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 5, 1919.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. Joseph N. Teal, with whom Mr. William C. McCulloch, Mr. L.B. Stedman and Mr. W.E. Creed were on the brief, for appellant.

Mr. Assistant Attorney General Frierson for the United States.

Mr. Albert L. Hopkins, with whom Mr. P.J. Farrell was on the brief, for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Mr. John F. Finerty, with whom Mr. E.C. Lindley, Mr. M.L. Countryman, Mr. Charles Donnelly, Mr. O.W. Dynes and Mr. A.C. Spencer were on the brief, for the appellee railroad companies.

MR. JUSTICE BRANDEIS delivered the opinion of the court.

The last paragraph of § 4 of the Act to Regulate Commerce, as amended by Act of June 18, 1910, c. 309, § 8, 36 Stat. 539, 547, declares that: "Whenever a carrier by railroad shall in competition with a water route or routes reduce the rates on the carriage of any species of freight to or from competitive points, it shall not be permitted to increase such rates unless after hearing by the Interstate...

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