Seattle Gas Co. v. Seattle - 291 U.S. 638 (1934)
U.S. Supreme Court
Seattle Gas Co. v. Seattle, 291 U.S. 638 (1934)
Seattle Gas Co. v. Seattle
Argued January 12, 15, 1934
Decided March 19, 1934
291 U.S. 638
APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF WASHINGTON
Decided upon the authority of Puget Sound Power & Light Co. v. Settle, ante, p. 291 U. S. 619.
172 Wash. 701, 21 P. 2d 732, affirmed.
Appeal from the affirmance of a judgment sustaining a demurrer and dismissing the complaint in a suit by the Gas Company to recover money paid under protest as a tax, and to enjoin future assessments.
MR. JUSTICE STONE delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case comes here on appeal under § 237 of the Judicial Code from a judgment of the Supreme Court of Washington, 172 Wash. 701, 21 P. 2d 732, upholding a municipal license or excise tax, assailed by appellant as repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment and the contract clause of the Federal Constitution. The ordinance, which imposes a tax of 3 percent of the gross income from appellant's business of furnishing gas to consumers in the city of Seattle and the federal questions raised are the same as those in Puget Sound Power & Light Co. v. Seattle, 291 U. S. 619. Appellant's bill of complaint, demurrer to which was sustained by the state court, alleges that the appellant is engaged in the distribution of gas, used for lighting in the City of Seattle, in competition with the city, the appellee, which conducts an electric light business, and that its constitutional rights are infringed
by the imposition of the tax. Appellant seeks recovery of an installment of the tax which it has paid and an injunction restraining the collection of future installments. For the reasons stated at length in the opinion in Puget Sound Power & Light Co. v. Seattle, supra, the judgment is
MR. JUSTICE VAN DEVANTER, MR. JUSTICE McREYNOLDS, MR. JUSTICE SUTHERLAND, and MR. JUSTICE BUTLER concur in the result.