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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. v. City of Chicago
United States Supreme Court
166 U.S. 226 (1897)
The Chicago City Council ordained the widening of a street, requiring the city to condemn various parcels of land. These included right-of-way areas owned by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. The city filed a circuit court petition, asking a jury to determine just compensation for private property taken and destroyed in pursuance of the ordinance. The jury fixed the railroad company’s compensation at one dollar. This caused the railroad company to move for a new trial, alleging an infringement of its due-process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The trial court overruled the motion and entered judgement for the City of Chicago.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Harlan, J.)
Dissent (Brewer, J)
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