Schneider Granite Co v. Gast Realty Investment Co Gast Realty Investment Co v. Schneider Eranite Co

Decision Date10 December 1917
Docket NumberNos. 461,473,s. 461
Citation62 L.Ed. 292,245 U.S. 288,38 S.Ct. 125
CourtU.S. Supreme Court

Messrs. Hickman P. Rodgers and William K. Koerner, both of St. Louis, Mo., for Schneider Granite Co.

Messrs. Thomas P. Rutledge, David Goldsmith, and Robert A. Holland, Jr., all of St. Louis, Mo., for Gast Realty & Investment Co. and another.

Mr. Justice PITNEY delivered the opinion of the Court.

These are cross writs of error, bringing under review a judgment rendered by the Supreme Court of Missouri after the reversal by this court of a previous judgment in the same action.

The action was brought to collect a tax bill for paving one of the streets of St. Louis, levied upon land fronting upon the street, under an ordinance that imposed one-fourth of the cost of the improvement upon all the abutting property according to its frontage, and three-fourths according to area upon all the property in an improvement district whose boundaries were to be fixed in a manner specified in the ordinance, the effect of which, as applied to the property in question, was to extend the area assessment upon defendants' land to a depth of between 400 and 500 feet, while other lands similarly benefited by the improvement were subjected to the area assessment to a much less depth. A judgment of the Supreme Court, which had affirmed a judgment of the circuit court of the city of St. Louis sustaining the tax (259 Mo. 153, 168 S. W. 687), was reversed, and the cause remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with the opinion of this court. 240 U. S. 55, 36 Sup. Ct. 254, 255, 60 L. Ed. 523.

Upon the going down of the mandate, the case was transferred to the Supreme Court in banc, whereupon the plaintiff prayed that the cause be remanded to the circuit court (the trial court) with directions, first, to render judgment for the amount of the frontage assessment in the original tax bill, with interest, and second, to charge against the land a proper area assessment, in some mode to be prescribed by the Supreme Court in its mandate; it being plaintiff's contention that the decision of this court did not condemn the entire area assessment, but only so much of it as was in excess of benefits received. On the other hand, the landowners moved for a reversal of the judgment of the circuit court in toto, with directions for the entry of a general judgment in their favor. The Supreme Court, interpreting our decision as limited to holding the ordinance invalid only so far as concerned the area assessment, reversed the judgment of the trial court, and remanded the cause with directions to enter judgment for the amount of the frontage assessment, with interest.

Both parties sued out writs of error from this court, plaintiff on the ground that the state court refused its application for an area assessment, the landowners upon the ground that there was error in directing judgment for any part of the tax bill sued on.

These contentions must be tested by the true intent and meaning of the mandate of this court, and, so tested, both must be overruled. The...

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