No. 384.

283 U.S. 235 (1931)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 13, 1931.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. John R. Cochran, with whom Messrs. L.L. Stephens and Harry I. Allen were on the brief, for appellant.

Assistant to the Attorney General O'Brian, with whom Solicitor General Thacher and Messrs. Charles H. Weston, Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Daniel W. Knowlton, Chief Counsel, Interstate Commerce Commission, and J. Stanley Payne, Assistant Chief Counsel, were on the brief, for the United States and Interstate Commerce Commission.

Mr. Louis H. Strasser, with whom Messrs. J.L. Aber, M.L. Bluhm, D.P. Connell, J.N. Davis, E.J. Halberg, Herbert S. Harr, Walter McFarland, G.D. Peters, M.B. Pierce, K.L. Richmond, E.A. Smith, F.H. Towner, and Frederic D. McKenney were on the brief, for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company et al.

MR. JUSTICE SUTHERLAND delivered the opinion of the Court.

This is a suit in equity brought in the court below against the United States, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and some fifty interstate railway carriers, under the provisions of the Urgent Deficiencies Act of October 22, 1913, c. 32, 38 Stat. 208, 219, abolishing the Commerce Court and transferring its jurisdiction to the several district courts of the United States. The provisions conferring jurisdiction...

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