Fargo v. Southeastern Ry. Co.

CourtUnited States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. District of Vermont
Citation28 F. 906
Decision Date22 October 1886
PartiesFARGO, President American Exp. Co., v. SOUTH EASTERN RY. CO. and others.

28 F. 906

FARGO, President American Exp. Co.,
v.
SOUTH EASTERN RY. CO. and others.

United States Circuit Court, D. Vermont.

October 22, 1886


L. P. Poland, for orator.

W. D. Crane, for defendants.

WHEELER, J.

This suit was brought to restrain the defendants from excluding the orator's messengers and express matter from the defendant's railroad. A preliminary injunction was granted; following Southern Exp. Co. v. St. Louis Ry. Co., 10 F. 210; Fargo v. Redfield, 22 F. 373. This injunction was made perpetual, following the same authority. After the decision in Express Cases, 117 U.S. 1, S.C. 6 S.Ct. 542, 628, 1190, this decree was changed to a decree dismissing the bill, and for a reference to a master to ascertain and report the amount of compensation to be paid to the defendant for carriage of the orator's messengers and express matter during the pendency of the injunction. The master has reported that amount to be $1,046.92, and certified the defendants' costs before him.

It is now insisted that the former decisions upon this subject afforded so much ground for bringing the suit that the bill should be dismissed without costs. There is, however, no equity in the case in the orator's favor existing after the failure of the legal right which was supposed to warrant the bringing of the suit. He was not misled as to his legal rights by the defendants except by a course of legal decisions over which neither had any control. When decrees in suits brought upon reissued patents were changed, on account of the change in the course of decisions on that subject, the bills of complaint were dismissed with costs. Coon v. Wilson, 113 U.S. 268; S.C. 5 S.Ct. 537; Wooster v. Handy, 23 Blatchf. 112; S.C. 23 F. 49. The course of decision there had been much longer continued than that which preceded this bill, and the reason for denying costs to defendants much greater than in this case. The principles of those cases seem to require that this bill should be dismissed, with costs. [28 F. 907.]

It is claimed that no costs before the master should be allowed, because it is stated that the defendants failed to establish a considerable part of their charges. On the other hand, it is stated that the orator made no offer of any compensation, and compelled the defendants to proceed before the master to obtain any. The costs before the master stand by themselves, and are to be allowed or disallowed according to the allowance made by him or the facts...

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  • Rutherford v. The Lucerne Canal and Power Company
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • 18 Febrero 1904
    ...Proc., 844; Clemont v. Wheeler, 25 N. H., 361; Lewis v. Yale, 4 Fla., 441; Hunter v. Marlboro, 12 Fed. Cas., No. 6908; Fargo v. Ry. Co., 28 F. 906.) CORN, CHIEF JUSTICE. POTTER, J., concurs. OPINION [12 Wyo. 307] CORN, CHIEF JUSTICE. For the sake of convenience, the plaintiffs in error are ......
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  • Rutherford v. The Lucerne Canal and Power Company
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • 18 Febrero 1904
    ...Proc., 844; Clemont v. Wheeler, 25 N. H., 361; Lewis v. Yale, 4 Fla., 441; Hunter v. Marlboro, 12 Fed. Cas., No. 6908; Fargo v. Ry. Co., 28 F. 906.) CORN, CHIEF JUSTICE. POTTER, J., concurs. OPINION [12 Wyo. 307] CORN, CHIEF JUSTICE. For the sake of convenience, the plaintiffs in error are ......

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