Wisconsin v. Illinois (278 U.S. 367)

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Wisconsin v. Illinois by William Howard Taft

Wisconsin v. Illinois, 278 U.S. 367 (1929), also referred to as the Chicago Sanitary District Case, is an opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States which held that the equitable power of the United States can be utilized to impose positive action on one state in a situation in which nonaction would result in damage to the interests of other states. Pursuant to Article Three of the United States Constitution, the case was heard under the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction because it involved a controversy between two states, Illinois and Wisconsin. Chief Justice William Howard Taft wrote the opinion for a unanimous Court.Excerpted from Wisconsin v. Illinois on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

278 U.S. 367

Wisconsin  v.  Illinois

 Argued: April 23 and 24, 1928. --- Decided: Jan 14, 1929

[Syllabus and Statement of the Case from pages 367-371 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Albert Ottinger, of New York City, R. J. Le Boeuf, Jr., of Albany, N. Y., Albert J. Danaher, of Watervliet, N. Y., and Nathan L. Miller, of New York City, for the State of New York.

Messrs. Edw. J. Brundage, Wm. F. Mulvihill, Morton S.C.ressy,

[Argument of Counsel from pages 371-376 intentionally omitted.]

Messrs. Wilber M. Brucker, Wm. W. Potter, and Arthur E. Kidder, all of Lansing, Mich., for the State of Michigan.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 376-380 intentionally omitted.]

[[WEST,S.Ct. 164!} Messrs. Wm. J. Morgan and Ralph M. Hoyt, both of Milwaukee, Wis., Herman L. Ekern, of Madison, Wis., C. L. Hilton, of St. Paul, Minn., E. C. Turner and C. C. Crabbe, both of Columbus, Ohio, Geo. W. Woodruff, of Philadelphia, Pa., Newton, D. Baker, of Cleveland, Ohio, John W. Reynolds, of Madison, Wis., R. T. Jackson, of Mineral Point, Wis., and G. A. Youngquist, of St. Paul, Minn., for State of Wisconsin and others.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 380-387 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Edmond D. Adcock, Oscar E. Carlstrom, H. A. Brouillet, Jas. Hamilton Lewis, Geo. F. Barrett, and Louis J. Behan, all of Chicago, Ill., J. T. Kenworthy, and Cyrus E. Deitz, both of Rock Island, Ill., Hugh S. Johnson, of Springfield, Ill., Maclay Hoyne, of Chicago, Ill., and James M. Beck, of Washington, D. C., for the State of Illinois and another.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 387-397 intentionally omitted]

North T. Gentry, of Columbia, Mo., F. M. Thompson, of Nashville, Tenn., F. E. Daugherty, of Louisville, Ky., Percy Saint, of New Orleans, La., Daniel N. Kirby, of St. Louis, Mo., H. W. Applegate, of Little Rock, Ark., Rush H. Knox, of Jackson, Miss., and Cornelius Lynde, of Chicago, Ill., for the State of Missouri and others.

Messrs. A. B. Dougherty,

[Argument of Counsel from pages 397-399 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Chief Justice TAFT delivered the opinion of the Court.


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