Metropolitan R. Co. v. District of Columbia,
132 U.S. 1 (1889)

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Metropolitan R. Co. v. District of Columbia, 132 U.S. 1 (1889)

Metropolitan Railroad Company v. District of Columbia

No. 5

Argued November 22, 1885

Decided October 21, 1889

132 U.S. 1


The District of Columbia is a municipal corporation, having a right to sue and be sued, and is subject to the ordinary rules that govern the law of procedure between private persons.

The Maryland statute of limitations of 1715, which is in force in the District of Columbia, embraces municipal corporations.

The sovereign power of the District of Columbia is lodged in the government of the United States, and not in the corporation of the District.

This Court expresses no opinion upon the question whether, when the right of property in highways and public places is vested in a municipality, an assertion of that right against purprestures or public nuisances is subject to the law of limitations.

An action by a municipal corporation to recover from a street railroad company the cost of maintaining pavements in a street which the company is by its charter bound to maintain is not an action upon the statute, but one in assumpsit.

Assumpsit. Verdict for the plaintiff, and judgment on the verdict. The defendant sued out this writ of error. The case is stated in the opinion.

Page 132 U. S. 2

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