203 F.Supp. 20 (W.D.La. 1962), Civ. A. 8567, United States v. Lassiter

Docket Nº:Civ. A. 8567
Citation:203 F.Supp. 20
Party Name:United States v. Lassiter
Case Date:January 25, 1962
Court:United States District Courts, 5th Circuit, Western District of Louisiana
 
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203 F.Supp. 20 (W.D.La. 1962)

UNITED STATES of America and Interstate Commerce Commission

v.

Albin P. LASSITER et al.

UNITED STATES of America and Interstate Commerce Commission

v.

Ragan D. MADDEN et al.

UNITED STATES of America and Interstate Commerce Commission

v.

F. Jean PHARIS et al.

Civ. A. Nos. 8567, 8612, 8593.

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana

Jan. 25, 1962.

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St. John Barrett, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Bernard A. Gould, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C., T. Fitzhugh Wilson, U.S. Atty. for Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport, La., for plaintiffs.

Jack P. F. Gremillion, Atty. Gen. of State of Louisiana, George M. Ponder, Asst. Atty. Gen. of State of Louisiana, William P. Schuler, Asst. Atty. Gen. of State of Louisiana, F. Jean Pharis, Dist. Atty. for 9th Judicial District of State of Louisiana, Alexandria, La., A. M. D'Angelo, Asst. Dist. Atty. for 9th Judicial District of State of Louisiana, Alexandria, La., Ragan D. Madden, Dist. Atty. for 3rd Judicial District of State of Louisiana, Ruston, La., for defendants State District Judges and District Attorneys.

Grove Stafford and John L. Pitts, Stafford & Pitts, Alexandria, La., for defendant Continental Southern Lines, Inc.

Arthur R. Carmody, Jr., Wilkinson, Lewis, Madison and Woods, Shreveport, La., for defendant Kansas City Southern Ry. Co.

T. W. Holloman, White, Holloman & White, Alexandria, La., for defendant Louisiana & Arkansas Ry. Co.

Before BROWN and WISDOM, Circuit Judges, and DAWKINS, Jr., and PUTNAM, District Judges.

PER CURIAM.

These three cases having come on for hearing on January 5, 1962, upon the plaintiffs' motions for preliminary injunctions and each of the plaintiffs and defendants being represented by counsel, the Court having heard testimony and argument, all parties having stipulated that the evidence and argument might be considered by the Court in each of these cases in connection with the granting or denial of permanent injunctive relief, and the Court being of the view that the plaintiffs are entitled to judgment, the Court now enters its findings of fact, its conclusions of law and final decree. The findings are based upon evidence which is entirely uncontradicted and most of which was agreed to by stipulation of the parties prior to the hearing. The findings, conclusions and decree are entered by Circuit Judges BROWN and WISDOM and District Judge DAWKINS in Actions Nos. 8567 and 8593, and by Circuit Judges BROWN and WISDOM and District Judge PUTNAM in Civil Action No. 8612. Each Judge subscribes to and adopts as his own findings, conclusions and decree all of the findings, conclusions and decree of the Court in each case upon which he sat and joined in rendering judgment.

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FINDINGS OF FACT

1. Continental southern Lines, Inc., is a common carrier by motor vehicle engaged in the transportation of passengers in interstate and intrastate commerce to, from and through Alexandria, Monroe, and Ruston, Louisiana. The Interstate Commerce Commission has issued to Continental a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing and requiring it to provide transportation of passengers, baggage, express, mail and newspapers in interstate commerce to and from those three cities. The Louisiana Public Service Commission has issued a similar certificate to Continental with respect to transportation in intrastate commerce. In the discharge of its obligation under these certificates and for the comfort and convenience of its passengers, Continental maintains passenger terminals in Alexandria, Monroe and Ruston.

2. The Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Company (hereinafter referred to as L & A) is a common carrier by rail engaged in the transportation of passengers in interstate commerce to, from and through Alexandria, Louisiana. One hundred percent of the stock of L & A is owned by The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (hereinafter referred to as K C S). A majority of the officers and at least some of the operating employees of the two railways are common employees of both. The L & A owns and operates a passenger terminal in Alexandria in discharge of its obligations under the Interstate Commerce Act and for the comfort and convenience of its passengers. The passenger trains of the L & A which stop at the terminal are in through service between Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

3. On November 7, 1955, the Interstate Commerce Commission entered its order in Docket No. 31423 (297 ICC 335) requiring K C S to cease and desist, on or before January 10, 1956, and thereafter to abstain from practicing the undue and unreasonable prejudice and disadvantage found to exist by the Commission, including the maintenance in its terminals of waiting rooms designated for the exclusive use of Negro passengers. A copy of this order was served upon K C S.

4. On September 22, 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission entered its order in a proceeding entitled 'Discrimination on Operations of Interstate Motor Carriers of Passengers,' Docket No. MCC-3358, adding Section 180(a) to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The...

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