Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company v. United States

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Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company v. United States
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Houston E. & W. T. Ry. Co. v. United States, 234 U.S. 342 (1914), also known as Shreveport Rate Case, was a decision of the United States Supreme Court expanding the power of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States. Justice Hughes's majority opinion stated that the federal government's power to regulate interstate commerce also allowed it to regulate purely intrastate commerce in cases where control of the former was not possible without control of the latter. Because the Supreme Court consolidated several related appeals, they are sometimes collectively known as the "Shreveport Rate Cases" although the Supreme Court issued only one ruling. Excerpted from Houston E. & W. T. Ry. Co. v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

234 U.S. 342

Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company  v.  United States



UNITED STATES, the Interstate Commerce Commission et al.

No. 568.

Nos. 567 and 568.

Argued October 28 and 29, 1913.

Decided June 8, 1914.

[Syllabus from pages 342-344 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Hiram M. Garwood, James G. Wilson, and Maxwell Evarts for appellants in No. 567.

Messrs. Thomas J. Freeman, George Thompson, and W. L. Hall for appellants in No. 568.

Assistant Attorney General Denison and Mr. Thurlow M. Gordon for the United States.

Mr. P. J. Farrell for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Messrs. R. G. Pleasant, Luther M. Walter, John S. Burchmore, M. W. Borders, and W. M. Barrow for intervener, the Railroad Commission of Louisiana, in No. 567.

Mr. Justice Hughes delivered the opinion of the court:


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