United States v. Ferger - 250 U.S. 199 (1919)
U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Ferger, 250 U.S. 199 (1919)
United States v. Ferger
Argued April 29, 1919
Decided June 2, 1919
250 U.S. 199
Under the commerce clause, Congress has power to deal with acts not in themselves interstate commerce, but which obstruct or otherwise injuriously affect it. P. 250 U. S. 202.
Bills of lading in interstate commerce are instrumentalities of that commerce, subject to the authority of Congress under the commerce clause. P. 250 U. S. 204.
Judicial notice will be taken of the importance of bills of lading in interstate commerce. Id.
Congress has power to prohibit and punish the forgery and utterance of bills of lading for fictitious shipments in interstate commerce as a means of protecting and sustaining that commerce. P. 250 U. S. 205.
256 F. 388 reversed.
The case is stated in the opinion.