Newton v. Kings County Lighting Co.,
258 U.S. 180 (1922)

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Newton v. Kings County Lighting Co., 258 U.S. 180 (1922)

Newton v. Kings County Lighting Company

No. 295

Argued January 5, 6, 1922

Decided March 6, 1922

258 U.S. 180




Approving the conclusion of the master and of the district court that the gas rate imposed on appellee under New York Laws, 1906, c. 125; 1916, c. 604, had become confiscatory.

268 F. 143 affirmed.

Appeal from a decree enjoining enforcement of a statutory gas rate as confiscatory. See also the preceding cases, ante, 258 U. S. 165, 258 U. S. 178.

MR. JUSTICE McREYNOLDS delivered the opinion of the Court.

This is an appeal from a final decree entered October 19 1920, which enjoined the enforcement of c. 125, Laws of New York of 1906, and also the Act of New York Legislature approved May 9, 1916, c. 604, Laws of 1916. 268 F. 143. The first of these statutes fixed the price which appellee might charge for gas distributed in New York City at $1.00 per thousand cubic feet, and the second amended the earlier one by reducing the maximum price to eighty cents.

Page 258 U. S. 181

The original bill filed in May, 1920, alleges that the actual cost to appellee of manufacturing and distributing gas during 1919 and the first three months of 1920 had exceeded eighty cents per 1,000 cubic feet; that such cost would not be less than $1 for an indefinite period thereafter, and that the statutory rate was confiscatory.

The matter was referred to a master, who took proof and made a report which supported appellee's claim. With some unimportant modifications, this was confirmed by the court. An appropriate decree followed which we are asked to reverse for sundry specified reasons commented upon orally and in the brief.

We are satisfied that the court below reached a correct conclusion, and that none of the points relied upon for reversal are adequate to justify such action. So far as substantial, all were adequately disposed of by the opinion of the trial court, and we need not comment further upon them.

The judgment below is


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