General incorporation law

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A general incorporation law allows corporations to be formed without a charter from the legislature. It also refers to a law enabling a certain type of corporation, such as a railroad, to exercise eminent domain and other special rights without a charter from the legislature.

United States[edit]

List of early general incorporation laws:

Railroads[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

The UK required a legislative charter for incorporation until passage of the Joint Stock Companies Act 1844.