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Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines

Significance, When May A State Regulate Interstate Commerce?, Illinois' Peculiar Mudguards, Small Benefits Do Not Justify Great Costs


State of Illinois


Navajo Freight Lines and other interstate trucking companies

Appellant's Claim

Illinois should be allowed to require contoured mudguards on the rear fenders of trucks and trailers.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Latham Castle

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

David Axelrod

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 May 1959


lllinois may not require contoured rear mudguards.

Related Cases

  • Southern Pacific Co. v. Arizona, 325 U.S. 761 (1945).
  • Raymond Motor Transp., Inc. v. Rice, 417 F.Supp. 1352 (1976).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law.Volume 1. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Gavit, Bernard. The Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. New York: AMS Press, 1970.
  • Tribe, Laurence. American Constitutional Law, 2nd ed. Mineola, NY: Foundation, 1978.

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