Kansas City Southern Ry. Co. v. ICC - 252 U.S. 178 (1920)
U.S. Supreme Court
Kansas City Southern Ry. Co. v. ICC, 252 U.S. 178 (1920)
Kansas City Southern Railway Company v.
Interstate Commerce Commission
Argued December 10, 1919
Decided March 8, 1920
252 U.S. 178
The Valuation Act of March 1, 1913, requires the Interstate Commerce Commission to ascertain and report, inter alia, the present cost of condemnation and damages or of purchase of the lands, rights of way, and terminals of carriers in excess of their original cost or present value, apart from improvements. Held that a refusal of the Commission to receive and act upon evidence to this end was not justified by the supposed impossibility of performing the statutory duty
or the difficulties involved in so doing, and that a railroad company whose interests were affected was entitled to the writ of mandamus. P. 252 U. S. 187.
The case is stated in the opinion.