Proprietors of Charles River Bridge v. Proprietors of Warren Bridge

Facts of the Case

Plaintiffs brought suit alleging that the act of incorporating defendants’ new bridge impaired the obligation of the contract with plaintiffs, who were the proprietors of an old bridge across the same river. The proprietors of the Charles River Bridge filed a bill in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts against the proprietors of the Warren Bridge, first for an injunction to prevent the erection of the bridge, and afterwards for general relief