WISCONSIN V. PELICAN INS. CO., 127 U. S. 265 (1888)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin v. Pelican Ins. Co., 127 U.S. 265 (1888)

Wisconsin v. Pelican Insurance Company


Argued April 25, 1887

Decided May 14, 1888

127 U.S. 265



This Court has not original jurisdiction of an action by a state upon a judgment recovered by it in one of its own courts against a citizen or a corporation of another state for a pecuniary penalty for a violation of its municipal law.

This was an action of debt commenced in this Court by the State of Wisconsin against a corporation of Louisiana. The declaration was as follows:

"The plaintiff, The State of Wisconsin and one of the states of the United States, now comes and complains of the defendant, The Pelican Insurance Company of New Orleans, a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the Louisiana, in a plea of debt --"

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