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Armour & Co. v. Alton R. Co.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT


May 21, 1940

ARMOUR & CO.
v.
ALTON R. CO. ET AL.

On Petition for Rehearing.

Armour's complaint and argument too was based on the theory that the particular yardage charge (imposed by the defendant railroads through their agent Yards Company) is levied on the bare privilege of removing the livestock from the unloading pens, a service already compensated for in the line-haul rate. The complaint and attached exhibits indicated that the livestock was consigned for delivery at Union Stock Yards, Illinois. Livestock consigned to this station is delivered by the defendant railroads at their common livestock depot (the public stock yards of the Yards Company) unless the consignee specifies delivery on industry tracks serving his plant or on team tracks of the individual railroads.

This court concluded that the District Court did not err in dismissing the complaint in question: it raised administrative problems and hence was subject to the primary jurisdiction of the administrative bodies. Since our decision the Interstate Commerce Commission has adjudicated the administrative problems against Armour, i.e., it has found that the transportation of livestock consigned for delivery at this common livestock depot ends at the unloading to afford free egress is not an unreasonable practice.

In the course of the administrative opinion the Commission defined three possible factual situations involving the shipment of livestock: (1) Chicago shippers may consign livestock to themselves at the Union Stock Yards station, and if delivery is not requested as in (2) below, then delivery is at the public yards of the Yards Company. As to this situation the administrative finding is as stated in the preceding paragraph. (2) Chicago shippers may consign livestock to themselves at the Union Stock Yards station and specify delivery at team tracks or at industry tracks. As to team track delivery the consignee does his own unloading. As to industry track delivery he pays an additional switching charge. (3) Shippers may consign livestock to a station other than a public stock yard. As to this situation transportation does not end at the unloading pens and includes free egress therefrom to the public streets.

In this petition Armour contends that its case falls either in situation (2) or situation (3) and therefore our decision should be reversed. There is no merit in this contention. The complaint and exhibits are plain that Armour's case falls within the confines of situation (1) and the adverse administrative adjudication, unless disturbed in proper course, stands in Armour's way. In fact, to give heed to the contention here is tantamount to our giving Armour permission to alter or modify the true character of the complaint. This we can not do.

Plaintiff has asked leave to file an additional memorandum. Leave is granted. The memorandum has been considered. The petition for rehearing is denied.

In view of the position we have taken, there is also denied the motion for an order remanding the cause to the lower court for trial and the motion for a supplemental opinion. It is so ordered.

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