West River Bridge Company v. Dix

PETITIONER: West River Bridge Company
RESPONDENT: Dix
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Taney Court (1846-1851)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Jan 05, 1848 / Jan 13, 1846 / Jan 14, 1846 / Jan 15, 1846 / Jan 06, 1848 / Jan 07, 1848
DECIDED: Jan 31, 1848

Facts of the case

In 1795, Vermont granted an exclusive 100 year franchise to build and operate a toll bridge. In 1843, a Vermont judge ordered the bridge taken for public use on payment of $4000.

Question

Does the taking of the bridge violate the Impairment of Contracts prohibition of Article I Section 10 of the Constitution?