New Orleans Waterworks Co. v. New Orleans
164 U.S. 471 (1896)

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New Orleans Waterworks Co. v. New Orleans, 164 U.S. 471 (1896)

New Orleans Waterworks Company v. New Orleans

No. 134

Argued November 4, 1896

Decided November 30, 1896

164 U.S. 471

Syllabus

In the absence of parties interested, and without their having an opportunity to be heard, a court is without jurisdiction to make an adjudication affecting them.

A court of equity cannot properly interfere with, or in advance restrain the discretion of, a municipal body while it is in the exercise of powers that are legislative in their character.

Legislatures may delegate to municipal assemblies the power of enacting ordinances relating to local matters, and such ordinances, when legally enacted, have the force of legislative acts.

Page 164 U. S. 472

The case is stated in the opinion.

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