Barrett Line, Inc. v. United States
326 U.S. 179 (1945)

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Barrett Line, Inc. v. United States, 326 U.S. 179 (1945)

Barrett Line, Inc. v. United States

No. 630

Argued April 2, 1945

Decided June 18, 1945

326 U.S. 179

Syllabus

1. An order of the Interstate Commerce Commission denying appellant's application for "grandfather" rights under § 309(f) of Part III of the Interstate Commerce Act to engage in the business of a contract carrier by water, held erroneous so far as it related to appellant's chartering operation. Pp. 326 U. S. 180, 326 U. S. 199.

The Commission erred in concluding that appellant was not engaged in chartering operations subject to Part III on the critical date, for failure to show "the nature of the services rendered, the commodities carried in, or the points served with such vessels." P. 326 U. S. 196.

2. An applicant for "grandfather" rights under § 309(f) is not required to show, so far as chartering operations are concerned, that his chartering operations during the critical period included carriage of nonexempt goods. P. 326 U. S. 196.

3. The Commission's denial to appellant of "grandfather" rights under § 309(f) for contract carrier operations other than chartering, and denial under § 309(g) of a permit for a "new operation," are sustained by the findings and the evidence. Pp. 326 U. S. 199-200.

Affirmed in part; reversed in part.

Appeal from a decree of a district court of three judges dismissing the complaint in a suit to set aside an order of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Page 326 U. S. 180

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