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Corporation Commission v. Southern Pac. Co.

Supreme Court of Arizona

March 31, 1948

CORPORATION COMMISSION et al.
v.
SOUTHERN PAC. CO. et al

Appeal from Superior Court, Maricopa County; M. T. Phelps, Judge.

Affirmed.

John L. Sullivan, Atty Gen., John W. Rood, Chief Asst. Atty. Gen., Burr Sutter, Asst. Atty. Gen., and Wallace W. Clark and Jerman & Flynn, all of Phoenix, for appellants.

Evans, Hull, Kitchel, Ryley & Jenckes, Norman S. Hull and William Spaid, all of Phoenix, for appellees.

Stanford, Chief Justice. LaPrade and Udall, JJ., concur.

OPINION

Stanford, Chief Justice.

[67 Ariz. 88] After a hearing before the Arizona Corporation Commission an opinion and order was entered by that body holding that the Wells Truckways, Ltd., a corporation, had authority to operate motor vehicles as a common carrier of freight over the public highways between Yuma and Tucson, Arizona,

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designated and known as U. S. Highway No. 80 between Yuma and Gila Bend, and State Highway No. 84 between Gila Bend and Tucson, serving all intermediate points. Following such order an action was filed by the appellees herein in the Superior Court of Maricopa County. From a judgment of that court setting aside, vacating and holding unlawful, unreasonable and arbitrary the order of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the case was brought here on appeal.

Both appellants and appellees filed in the Superior Court a motion for summary [67 Ariz. 89] judgment. The court entered an order granting appellees' motion.

The judgment of the court rendered contained the following:

"(1) That the order of the Arizona Corporation Commission entered in Docket No. 10071-A-6275, Decision No. 15973, granting the application of Wells Truckways, Ltd., a corporation, and authorizing the operating of motor vehicles as a common carrier for the transportation of freight over the public highways between Yuma, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona, designated and known as U. S. Public Highway No. 80 between Yuma and Gila Bend, Arizona; thence from Gila Bend, Arizona, to Tucson, Arizona, over Arizona State Highway No. 84, serving all intermediate points, is unlawful unreasonable, arbitrary and void;

"(2) That the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity issued to the said Wells Truckways, Ltd., a corporation, by the Arizona Corporation Commission, authorizing the transportation for hire of freight between Yuma and Tucson, Arizona, serving intermediate points, as aforesaid, is unlawful and void;

"(3) That said order (Decision No. 15973) and the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity issued thereon are hereby vacated and set aside;"

The important assignments of error may be briefly summed up as follows:

1. That no right of appeal to the Superior Court from an order of the Corporation Commission granting or denying a certificate of public convenience and necessity is allowed.

2. That appellees did not comply with the provisions of our code in reference to filing a motion for rehearing before the effective date of the order of the Corporation Commission before taking the matter into the Superior Court.

3. That the granting of summary judgment in the Superior Court to appellees was error before there was any evidence before the court that the action of the Corporation Commission was unreasonable.

4. When evidence shows that the territory to be served is new territory and over a different route, the Commission is not required to first offer an existing carrier ...


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