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Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Co. v. Osborne, 146 U.S. 354 (1892)

Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company v. Osborne

Nos. 1238, 1239

Submitted November 21, 1892

Decided December 5, 1892

146 U.S. 354


In each of these cases, defendant in error sued plaintiff in error under the Interstate Commerce Act to recover alleged overcharges on the transportation of corn, and recovered judgment, to each of which judgments defendant sued out a writ of error to the circuit court of appeals. The cases being heard there, the judgment in each was reversed upon the ground that the jury should have been instructed to find a verdict for the defendant, and the cases were remanded for further proceedings in accordance therewith. On petitions for writs of certiorari to the court of appeals to bring up the records and proceedings, held that the petitions should be denied.

These were petitions for writs of certiorari. The petitions set forth that the petitioners had commenced suit in the Circuit Court for the Southern District of Iowa to recover from the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company damages for certain violations of the Interstate Commerce Law of February 4, 1887, 24 Stat. 379, c. 104; that such proceedings took place therein that the plaintiffs recovered judgments against the defendant; that the defendant sued out writs of error to the United States circuit court of appeals; that a hearing was had there; that the judgments were reversed, and that the court held that on the facts as they appeared the jury should have been instructed to find a

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verdict for the defendant, and reversed the judgment of the court below, and remanded the cases for further proceedings in accordance with its opinion. The petitioners prayed this Court to issue writs of certiorari to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, commanding that court to certify to this Court the record of its proceedings in the causes so pending and determined in that court. Copies of the record of the said causes in said circuit court of appeals were filed and made a part of the applications.

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