POWER: Legal Competition

The Supreme Court gave TVA a big inch in 1936, when it upheld TVA's right to sell the power generated by its flood-control activities at Wilson Dam (Muscle Shoals). Last week the Court handed down a 5-to-2 decision* that gave TVA a mile. Fourteen private power companies had appealed from a Federal court decision, which affirmed the constitutionality of TVA's entire power program and held that any loss they suffered from TVA competition was damnum absque injuria (loss without a legal comeback). In moderate Justice Roberts' decision, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the companies because "neither their...

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