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Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R. v. Jackson Vinegar Co.

United States Supreme Court
226 U.S. 217 (1912)


Jackson Vinegar Company (Jackson) (plaintiff) shipped vinegar over the railway lines of Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad (Yazoo) (defendant). Yazoo lost or damaged part of a shipment of Jackson’s vinegar. Jackson filed a claim for $4.76 in damages with Yazoo. A Mississippi statute required railroads to settle claims of less than $200 within 60 days or pay a $25 penalty in addition to the actual damages. Yazoo failed to settle the claim within 60 days, and Jackson filed suit in federal circuit court for the actual damages plus the $25 penalty pursuant to the statute. The circuit court ruled in favor of Jackson, and Yazoo appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Van Devanter, J.)

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