Washington v. Northern Securities Co. - 185 U.S. 254 (1902)


U.S. Supreme Court

Washington v. Northern Securities Co., 185 U.S. 254 (1902)

Washington State v. Northern Securities Company

Argued April 14, 1902

Decided April 21, 1902

185 U.S. 254

Syllabus

In the exercise of original jurisdiction by this Court, the usual practice in equity cases is to hear applications for leave to file bills ex parte, and ordinarily leave is granted as of course.

But this is not an invariable rule, and where it is apparent on the face of the proposed bill that there is a defect of parties, which cannot be supplied without ousting the jurisdiction, leave will be denied.

Where the objection is one of jurisdiction over the subject matter and tile case is of grave importance, leave to file will be granted that the fullest argument may be had.

The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.



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