Thurston Motor Lines, Inc. v. Jordan K. Rand, Ltd., 460 U.S. 533 (1983)
U.S. Supreme CourtThurston Motor Lines, Inc. v. Jordan K. Rand, Ltd., 460 U.S. 533 (1983)
Thurston Motor Lines, Inc. v. Jordan K. Rand, Ltd.
Decided March 28, 1983
460 U.S. 533
Held: Federal question jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1337 exists over petitioner common carrier's action in Federal District Court, where petitioner alleged that respondent failed to pay a specified amount in motor freight charges, as required by petitioner's tariffs on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission, and that the action arose under the Interstate Commerce Act. Louisville & Nashville R. Co. v. Rice, 247 U. S. 201, is controlling. Petitioner's suit cannot be characterized as a "simple contract-collection action." A carrier's claim is, of necessity, predicated on its tariffs regulated by the Interstate Commerce Act -- not an understanding with the shipper.
Certiorari granted; 682 F.2d 811, reversed and remanded.