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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Houston, East & West Texas Railway v. United States (The Shreveport Case)
Citation:234 U.S. 342 (1914)
The carriers made rates out of Dallas and other Texas points into eastern Texas which were much lower than those which extended into Texas from Shreveport. The difference in rates was substantial and injuriously affected the commerce of Shreveport. To correct this discrimination against Shreveport, the Interstate Commerce Commission directed the carriers to refrain from charging higher rates for the transportation of any commodity from Shreveport to Dallas and Houston respectively than were charged for the carriage of such commodity from Dallas and Houston toward Shreveport for equal distances. The appellants complained that the Commission was without authority to compel their reduction to equalize them with the lower intrastate rates.
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