Why was Wabash vs. Illinois important?
Credit:Joseph ClarkDigital VisionGetty Images
Q:

Why was Wabash vs. Illinois important?

A:

Quick Answer

The case of Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Company v.Illinois was important because it changed and limited the rights of states to control interstate commerce. This case overturned an earlier ruling granting states various right over the prices charged in their given states.

 Know More

Full Answer

The case was tried in April of 1886, but a decision was not reached until October of that same year. The states being so limited in their ability to regulate the railroads, prices and cargo limitations, eventually led to the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission. This was government regulated and lasted until 1995, when the division was closed and these responsibilities turned to the Surface Transportation Board.

Learn more about Law

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What was Munn v. Illinois?

    A:

    Munn v. Illinois was an influential Supreme Court case that determined the constitutionality of states to regulate corporate activity for certain businesses, according to Wikipedia. Additionally, it addressed the ability of a state to regulate the activities of businesses engaged in interstate transportation.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are the provisions of the Privileges and Immunities Clause?

    A:

    The Privileges and Immunities Clause, Section 2 of Article IV of the United States Constitution, also referred to as "PIC4," prevents states from discriminating against the fundamental rights of out-of-state citizens. Basically, it means that the citizens of one state are on an equal footing when they travel to another state. Out-of-state citizens are entitled to the same rights as other citizens in the state in which they happen to be in.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What were unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence?

    A:

    The Declaration of Independence states that man is endowed by his creator with certain inherent and inalienable rights, including the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also says that if the people have been denied these rights, they have the right to rebel against their government.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are examples of inalienable rights?

    A:

    The Declaration of Independence states that inalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, according to USLegal. The right to own property is also a natural right.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore