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Gibbons v. Ogden
Citation:22 U.S. (9 Wheat) 1, 6 L.Ed. 23 (1824).
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New York granted an exclusive right to Livingston and Fulton to operate steamboats in New York’s waters for 35 years. Livingston and Fulton granted Ogden the right to travel the waters between New Jersey and New York. Ogden alleged that Gibbons was also running his steamboat in these waters, against the exclusive grant that Ogden had received from Livingston and Fulton. Gibbons argued that he had a right to navigate these waters pursuant to his United States coasting license and that allowing a party to monopolize these waters violated that license.
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