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Supreme Court Decisions 2

Supreme Court Decisions 2 - David McHugh AP US History...

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David McHugh January 17, 2005 AP US History Mr. Potter Supreme Court Decisions Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Co. v. Minnesota (1890) a. The Chief Justice was Melville Weston Fuller; could not find the vote b. This case dealt with whether states have the authority to regulate railroad rates for the transportation of people or goods. The Court ruled that the state commission did have the power to regulate rates. c. In 1887, the state of Minnesota passed an act to regulate railroad rates. The law declared that any unreasonable charges in the transportation of passengers or goods was unlawful and to be prohibited. Some trade unions complained that the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway charged some shippers up to four cents per gallon for the transportation of milk. They believed that these prices were unreasonable and unlawful under the new Minnesota law. d. This was one of the key decisions regarding the relationship between business and the state. The Court’s ruling that favors the state and bureaucracy helped usher in the
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