St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry. Co. v. Edwards - 227 U.S. 265 (1913)
U.S. Supreme Court
St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry. Co. v. Edwards, 227 U.S. 265 (1913)
St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern
Railway Company v. Edwards
Submitted January 20, 1913
Decided February 24, 1913
227 U.S. 265
Action by Congress on a subject within its domain under the commerce clause of the Constitution results in excluding the states from acting on that subject.
As applied to interstate shipments, the state cannot now impose penalties for delay in delivery to consignee, as Congress has acted on that subject by the passage of the Hepburn Act. Chicago, R.I. & P. Ry. Co. v. Hardwick Elevator Co., 226 U. S. 426.
The so-called Demurrage Statute of 1907 of Arkansas requiring railroad companies to give notice to consignees of arrival of shipments and penalizing them for noncompliance is an unconstitutional interference with interstate commerce so far as interstate shipments are concerned.
94 Ark. 394 reversed.
The facts, which involve the constitutionality under the commerce clause of the Constitution of the United
States of the Arkansas Demurrage Statute, are stated in the opinion.