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ICC V. ATCHISON, T. & S.F. R. CO., 149 U. S. 264 (1893)

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ICC v. Atchison, T. & S.F. R. Co., 149 U.S. 264 (1893)

Interstate Commerce Commission v.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company

No. 1275

Submitted April 24, 1893

Decided May 1, 1893

149 U.S. 264


No appeal now lies to this Court from decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

This was a motion to dismiss for want of jurisdiction.

The motion was also entitled in the following cases: Atlantic & Pacific Railroad Company; Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company; California Central Railway Company; California Southern Railroad Company; Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railway Company; Missouri Pacific

Page 149 U. S. 265

Railway Company; St. Louis & San Francisco Railway Company; Southern California Railroad Company. Accompanying the motion was the following "Statement:"

"May 22, 1889, complaint was filed before the Interstate Commerce Commission against the appellees by the Board of Trade of San Bernardino, California, alleging said companies' maintenance of freight rates discriminative against San Bernardino and in violation of the Act of February 4, 1887, to regulate commerce, 24 Stat. 379."

"Upon hearing, order was entered by the Commission on July 1, 1890, requiring the appellees to change and modify such rates. The appellees failed to obey such order, whereupon the Interstate Commerce Commission commenced this proceeding to enforce such obedience in the U.S. Circuit Court for the southern District of California, on May 1, 1891, pursuant to section 16 of the Interstate Commerce Act, amended Act of March 3, 1889, 25 Stat. 859. That court decreed in favor of the appellees on April 15, 1892, on the sole ground that upon the proof presented, the alleged unlawful discrimination in rates did not exist, 50 F. 295, Trans. p. 202, and thereupon, on May 14, 1892, Trans. p. 4163, the Commission appealed to this court."

"Such decision was rendered and this appeal was taken after the creation of the circuit courts of appeals. The question is whether such direct appeal lies to this court."

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