Friday, December 27, 2013

Louisville & Nashville Railroad v. Mottley case brief

Louisville & Nashville Railroad v. Mottley case brief summary
211 U.S. 149 (1908)

CASE SYNOPSIS
Appellees, a married couple, obtained an injunction in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Western District of Kentucky to compel appellant railroad company to issue travel passes to appellees according to a contract.

CASE FACTS
Appellant, a railroad company, entered into a contract with appellees, a married couple, to give them travel passes every year. When a new federal law prohibited railroads from issuing free passes, appellant declined to renew the passes. Appellees sued in federal court for specific performance of the contract, and the circuit court granted an injunction.

DISCUSSION
The Supreme Court of the United States, finding it improper to plead that a defense under federal law was anticipated, reversed the judgment and remanded to the circuit court with instructions to dismiss the action for lack of federal question jurisdiction.

CONCLUSION
The Supreme Court of the United States reversed the judgment and remanded to the circuit court with instructions to dismiss the action for lack of federal question jurisdiction.

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