Willson v. Black Bird Creek Marsh Company

PETITIONER: Willson
RESPONDENT: Black Bird Creek Marsh Company
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DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Marshall Court (1828-1829)
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ARGUED: Mar 17, 1829
DECIDED: Mar 20, 1829

Facts of the case

The state of Delaware authorized the Blackbird Creek Marsh Company to construct a dam spanning the Blackbird Creek. Willson, the licensed owner of a sailing vessel, was travelling on the Creek and broke through the dam. The Company successfully sued Willson for trespassing and obtained a court order for Willson to pay damages. Willson then brought the case to the Supreme Court.

Question

Did Delaware's authorization of the building of the dam unconstitutionally infringe upon Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause?