Logourl black
From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...

Railroad Commission of Texas v. Pullman Co.

United States Supreme Court
312 U.S. 496 (1941)


Facts

The Pullman Company (Pullman) (plaintiff) ran trains on Texas train tracks. The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) (defendant) ordered that all sleeping cars on state tracks had to be supervised by an employee with the rank of “Pullman conductor.” The order was in response to a practice of lower-ranking porters being placed in charge of sleeping cars on trains with only one sleeping car. It was well-known that porters on Pullman cars were black individuals, and Pullman conductors were white. Pullman brought suit in federal district court, seeking injunctive relief to enjoin enforcement of the Commission’s order. The complaint alleged that the order violated state law and the United States Constitution. Texas Civil Statutes, Article 6445, granted the Commission governing authority over the state railroads and included the power to prevent unjust discrimination and abuses in the conduct of the railroads. The Pullman porters intervened as plaintiffs, alleging racial discrimination. The Pullman conductors intervened in support of the Commission’s order. A three-judge panel of the district court enjoined the order, and the case was appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Frankfurter, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.