Davis v. Alexander

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Davis v. Alexander
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued October 12, 1925
Decided November 16, 1925
Full case nameDavis v. Alexander
Citations269 U.S. 114 (more)
46 S. Ct. 34; 70 L. Ed. 186; 1925 U.S. LEXIS 781
Case history
Prior93 Okla. 159, 220 P. 358 (1923); cert. granted, 265 U.S. 577 (1924).
Court membership
Chief Justice
William H. Taft
Associate Justices
Oliver W. Holmes Jr. · Willis Van Devanter
James C. McReynolds · Louis Brandeis
George Sutherland · Pierce Butler
Edward T. Sanford · Harlan F. Stone
Case opinion
MajorityBrandeis, joined by a unanimous court

Davis v Alexander, 269 U.S. 114 (1925),[1] is a US corporate law case, concerning the duties of parent corporations for actions of subsidiaries.


Cattle were negligently injured while being transported from New Mexico to Oklahoma City.


The Supreme Court held the federal government was liable for torts of a railroad subsidiary.

Justice Brandeis, writing for a unanimous court, said the following:

Where one railroad company actually controls another and operates both as a single system, the dominant company will be liable for injuries due to the negligence of the subsidiary company.

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  1. ^ Davis v. Alexander, 269 U.S. 114 (1925).  This article incorporates public domain material from this U.S government document.

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