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Public Service Commission of Utah v. Wycoff Co.

United States Supreme Court
344 U.S. 237 (1952)


Facts

The Public Service Commission of Utah (Commission) (plaintiff) filed suit in state trial court to prevent Wycoff Company (Wycoff) (defendant) from transporting motion-picture film and newsreels within the state without first obtaining the Commission’s permission. Wycoff sued in federal district court to obtain a declaratory judgment that Wycoff’s activities constituted interstate commerce and that Wycoff was therefore free to continue its activities without obtaining permission from the Commission. The federal district court sustained the Commission’s objection that Wycoff’s activities were intrastate commerce, and dismissed Wycoff’s complaint. The court of appeals reversed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Jackson, J.)

Concurrence (Reed, J.)

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