General Bibliography of American Water-works

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U.S. Supreme Court Water Works Cases

The list below includes those involving many aspects of water works, including patent infringements, liability, and contractual disputes.  These are especially rich resources as each party was required to submit printed Records and Briefs (also called Transcript of Record) supporting their position, which often ran into several hundred pages of testimony and relevant documents.   A few of these are available on Google books, such as this one from 1905.   All are available on microfilm and on subscription legal sites, such as the Making of Modern Law, which are available at many law libraries.  Many have also been reprinted and can be purchased from on line book sellers, such as this example for the same 1905 case


Year
City
State
Citation
Title
Notes
1852

55 US 156 Le Roy v. Tatham
1873 St. Paul MN 83 US 566 St. Paul Water Co v Ware
1874 Helena MT 87 US 507 Atchison v Peterson
1879 Folsom CA 101 US 274 Broder v Water Co
1879

101 US 332 Water-Meter Co v Desper
1880 Litchfield IL 102 US 278 Buchanan v. Litchfield, Bonds issued in violation of state constitution void.
1880 Little Rock AR 103 US 516 Little Rock Water Works Co v Barret
1883 Memphia TN 107 US 205 New York Guaranty Co v Memphis Water Company
1884 San Francisco CA 110 US 347 Spring Valley Water Works v Schottler
1885 Litchfield IL 114 US 190 Litchfield v Ballou & others
1885 New Orleans LA 115 US 674 New Orleans Water-Works Co v Rivers
1887 New Orleans LA 120 US 64 St Tammany Water Works v New Orleans Water Works
1887 Easton PA 121 US 388 Lehigh Water Co v Easton
1887

121 US 575 McGowan v American Pressed Tan Bark Company
1887 Joliet IL 122 US 639 Joliet v Foster See Foster v. City of Joliet, 27 Fed. 899, June 9, 1886, Circuit Court Northern District of Illinois
1888 New Orleans LA 125 US 18 New Orleans Waterworks Co v. Louisiana Sugar Refining Co
1890 Galesburg IL 133 US 156 Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. v City of Galesburg
1891 Mobile AL 141 US 67 Stein v Bienville Water Supply Co
1891 New Orleans LA 142 US 79 New Orleans v New Orleans Water Works Co
1891 Louisville KY 143 US 1 Louisville Water Co v Clark
1893 Yonkers NY 149 US 48 National Meter Co v Yonkers
1893

149 US 355 Hobbie v Jennison
1893 Grand Haven MI 149 US 766 Boston Safe-Deposit & Trust Co. v. City of Grand Haven
1893 Chester PA 149 US 782 New Chester Water Co v Holly Certciorari denied
1894 El Paso TX 152 US 157 El Paso Water Co v El Paso
1894 Boston MA 152 US 695 Worthington v City of Boston
1896 Omaha NE 163 US 675 American Water Works Company vs Farmers loan and trust co Certciorari denied; see American Water Works Company vs Farmers loan and trust co, 73 Fed 902,
1896

164 US 1 Bear Lake & River Water Works & Irritation Co v Garland Mechanics Lien
1896 New Orleans LA 164 US 471 New Orleans Water Works Co v New Orleans
1897 Brooklyn NY 166 US 685 Long Island Water Supply Co v Brooklyn
1897 Louisville KY 170 US 127 Louisville Water Co v Kentucky
1898 Walla Walla WA 172 US 1 Walla Walla City v Walla Walla Water Co
1899 Raton NM 174 US 360 Raton Water Works Co v Raton
1899 Mobile AL 175 US 109 Bienville Water Supply Co v Mobile
1899

175 US 211 Addyston Pipe & Steel Co. v. United States
1899 Appleton WI 175 US 724 Appleton Water works Co vs Central Trust Co of NY Denied
1900 Los Angeles CA 177 US 558 Los Angeles v Los Angeles City Water Co
1900 Rochester NY 178 US 373 Moffett, Hodgkins & Clarke Co. v. Rochester
1901

180 US 208 Missouri v Illinois & Chicago District
1901 Freeport IL 180 US 587 Freeport Water co v Freeport City
1901 Put-in-Bay OH 181 US 409 Put-in-Bay Waterworks co v Ryan
1902 Oconto WI 183 US 216 National Foundry & Pipe works v Oconto Water Supply Co
1902 Skaneateles NY 184 US 354 Skaneateles Water Works Co v Skaneateles
1902 Vicksburg MS 185 US 65 Vicksburg Waterworks Co v Vicksburg
1902

185 US 282 Excelsior Wooden Pipe Co v Pacific Bridge Co
1902 New Orleans LA 185 US 336 New Orleans waterworks Co v Louisiana
1902 Mobile AL 186 US 212 Bienville Water Supply Co v Mobile
1903 Oshkosh WI 187 US 437 Oshkosh water co v Oshkosh
1903 White Plains NY 189 US 423 National Bank Watertown v Petrie Transcript of Record 
1903 White Plains NY 189 US 426 National Bank Watertown v Carr Transcript of Record 
1903 Knoxville TN 189 US 434 Knoxville Water Co v. Knoxville
1903 Defiance OH 191 US 184 Defiance Water Co v Defiance
1903 Owensboro KY 191 US 358 Ownsboro v Owensboro Waterworks co
1903 Newburyport MA 193 US 561 Newburyport Water Co v Newburyport
1904 Gloucester MA 193 US 580 Gloucester Water Supply Co v Gloucester
1904 Little Rock AR 194 US 639 American Water Works and Guaranty co vs City of Little Rock
1904 Helena MT 195 US 383 Helena Water Works Co v Helena
1905 Dawson GA 197 US 178 Dawson v. Columbia Trust Company
1905 Ottumwa IA 197 US 622 New England Water Works Company v. Farmers Loan and Trust Co. Certciorari denied
1905 Tampa FL 199 US 241 Tampa Water Works Co v Tampa
1905 Cedar Rapids IA 199 US 600 Cedar Rapids Water Co v City of Cedar Rapids Dismissed for want of jurisdiction. Records and Briefs
1905 Sioux Falls SD 199 US 601 Farmers' Loan and Trust Co. v. City of Sioux Falls Dismissed for want of jurisdiction.
1906 Knoxville KY 200 US 22 Knoxville Water Co. v Knoxville
1906 Owensboro KY 200 US 38 Ownesboro Water Works Co v Owensboro
1906

200 US 496 Missouri v Illinois & Chicago Sanitary District
1906 Vicksburg MS 202 US 453 Vicksburg v Vicksburg Water Co
1906 Atlanta GA 203 US 390 Chattanooga Foundry & Pipe Works v Atlanta
1907 Vicksburg MS 206 US 496 Vicksburg v Vicksburg Waterworks Co
1907 Hutchinson KS 207 US 385 Water, Light & Gas Co of Hutchinson v City of Hutchinson
1908 Bayonne NJ 209 US 349 Hudson County Water Co v McCarter Upheld New Jersey law that forbids delivery to water to another state
1909 Knoxville KY 212 US 1 Knoxville v Knoxville Water Co
1909 Alton IL 212 US 581 Lewis v Alton Water Company Certciorari denied
1909 Boise ID 213 US 276 Boise Artesian Hot & Cold Water Co v Boise City
1910 Omaha NE 218 US 180 Omaha v Omaha Water Co
1910 Grand Rapids MI 218 US 591 Calder v. Michigan Grand Rapids Hydraulic Company
1910 Columbus GA 218 US 645 Columbus v. Mercantile Trust Co. Columbus Water Works Company
1911 Denver CO 219 US 583 Venner v Denver Water Writ of error dismissed for want of jurisdiction
1911 Kansas City KS 220 US 539 Ex parte Metropolitan Water Co of West Virginia
1911 Kansas City KS 220 US 615 Metropolitan Water Company of West Virginia v. The Kaw Valley Drainage District of Wyandotte County,Kansas
1912 Alton IL 222 US 325 Brown v Alton Water Co
1912 Kansas City KS 223 US 519 Metropolitan Water Company v. Kaw Valley District
1912 Spartanburg SC 226 US 220 German Alliance Ins Co v Home Water Supply Co City not responsible for losses from fire
1913 Madera CA 228 US 454 Medera Water Works v Madera City may build water works that competes with private company
1913 Boise ID 230 US 84 Boise Artesian Hot & Co Water Co v Boise City
1913 Boise ID 230 US 98 Boise Artesian Hot & Co Water Co v Boise City
1914 Ennis TX 233 US 652 Ennis Water Works v City of Ennis
1915 New York City NY 236 US 579 Ramapo Water Co v City of New York
1917 Owensboro KY 243 US 166 Owensboro v Owensboro Water Works Co of Owensboro
1917 Denver CO 246 US 178 City and County of Denver v Denver Union Water Co
1917 San Francisco CA 246 US 391 Spring Valley Water Co v City and County of San Francisco
1919 Raton NM 249 US 552 Raton Water Works Co v City of Raton
1920 Winchester KY 251 US 192 Winchester v Winchester Water Works Co
1926

271 US 263 United States v Wyckoff Pipe & Creosoting Co
1926 Indianapolis IN 272 US 400 McCardle v. Indianapolis Water Co
1931 New York City NY 283 US 336 New Jersey v. New York
1931 New York City NY 283 US 805 New Jersey v. New York
1938 Indianapolis IN 302 US 419 McCart v. Indianapolis Water Co Water rates imposed by state utility regulator
1967

389 US 1004 Vincent Chiodo v General Waterworks Corporation Stock in a telephone company bought by General Waterworks Corporation





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