Union Pacific Railroad Company v. United States (104 U.S. 662)
APPEAL from the Court of Claims.
This was an action brought by the Union Pacific Railroad Company against the United States to recover compensation alleged to be due for services rendered from Jan. 1, 1876, to Sept. 30, 1877, in the transportation of the mails over its road, and of the employees accompanying them, who were charged with sorting, distributing, and delivering them.
The United States traversed the petition of the company, and set up a counterclaim for five per cent upon the amount of the net earnings of the company's road from Nov. 6, 1875, to Nov. 6, 1877.
The Court of Claims was of opinion that the compensation for that service was not to be determined by reference to the act of July 1, 1862, c. 120, but by the general laws regulating the compensation for similar service by other railway companies. It therefore adjudged and decreed as follows: That whereas the sum of $618,910.54 has been found to be due to the claimant from the defendants for the services alleged in its petition, of which it is entitled to recover a moiety, to wit, the sum of $309,455.27, pursuant to the act of 2d July, 1864, c. 216; and whereas the sum of $682,032.18 has been found to be due from the claimant to the defendants on the matters alleged in their plea of counterclaim, therefore the said moiety of $309,455.27 be set off against and deducted from the said sum found to be due the defendants, and the defendants recover from the claimant the balance remaining, to wit, the sum of $372,576.91.
The company thereupon appealed.
Mr. Sidney Bartlett for the appellant.
The Solicitor-General for the United States.
MR. JUSTICE MATTHEWS delivered the opinion of the court.