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Railroad Commission of Texas v. Pullman Company

Significance, Race, Economics, And State Law, The Abstention Doctrine Since Pullman


Railroad Commission of Texas, et al.


Pullman Company, et al.

Appellant's Claim

That under Texas law it had authority to regulate Pullman sleepers, and that a federal district court erred in preventing enforcement of this regulation.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Cecil A. Morgan, Cecil C. Rotsch

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Ireland Graves

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Harlan Fiske Stone

Justices Dissenting

None (Owen Josephus Roberts did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 March 1941


Reversed the lower court's order to enjoin enforcement of the regulation and directed the case be heard in the state courts.

Related Cases

  • Harrison v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 360 U.S. 167 (1959).
  • Stuart Circle Parish v. Board of Zoning Appeals of City of Richmond, 946 F.Supp. 1225 (1996).
  • Roe v. City of Milwaukee, WL 790728 (E.D.Wis. 1998).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1997.
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Nowak, John E., Ronald D. Rotunda, and J. Nelson Young. Constitutional Law, 2nd ed. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1984.

Additional topics

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