No. 495.

319 U.S. 315 (1943)


Supreme Court of United States.

Reargued April 14, 15, 1943.

Decided May 24, 1943.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Messrs. James P. Hart and Ed Roy Simmons, Assistant Attorney General of Texas, with whom Mr. Gerald C. Mann, Attorney General, was on the brief, for petitioners in No. 495 and respondents in No. 496.

Mr. J.A. Rauhut argued the cause on the original argument for the Sun Oil Co. and on the reargument for the Sun Oil Co. et al.; Mr. J.B. Robertson argued the cause on the original argument for the Magnolia Petroleum Co., and was on the briefs with Mr. Rauhut for respondents in No. 495 and petitioners in No. 496.

MR. JUSTICE BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court.

In this proceeding brought in a federal district court, the Sun Oil Co. attacked the validity of an order of the Texas Railroad Commission granting the petitioner Burford a permit to drill four wells on a small plot of land in the East Texas oil field.1 Jurisdiction of the federal court was invoked because of the diversity of citizenship of...

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