354 US 515 United States v. State of Louisiana

354 U.S. 515

77 S.Ct. 1373

1 L.Ed.2d 1525

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff,

No. 11, Original.

Argued April 8, 1957.

Decided June 24, 1957.

Solicitor General J. Lee Rankin, Washington, D.C., for the plaintiff.

Messrs. Jack P. F. Gremillion, Atty. Gen., Baton Rouge, La., W. Scott Wilkinson, Sp. Asst. Atty. Gen., Shreveport, La., and Victor A. Sachse, Baton Rouge, La., for the defendant.


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The Court has before it the motions of the United States for judgment and of Louisiana for leave to take depositions. As a result of its consideration of these matters, including the representations made by the State of Texas in its amicus curiae brief, the Court is of the opinion that the issues in this litigation are so related to the possible interests of Texas, and other States situated on the Gulf of Mexico, in the subject matter of this suit, that the just, orderly, and effective determination of such issues requires that they be adjudicated in a proceeding in which all the interested parties are before the Court.


Accordingly, to that end, the Court, acting pursuant to Rules 9(2) and (6) of its Revised Rules, Rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 28 U.S.C.A. and the general equity powers of the Court, grants leave to each of the States of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Texas to intervene in this suit within 60 days from the date of this opinion, with leave to the United States, within 60 days thereafter, to file an amended or supplemental complaint adding as parties to this suit any of such States as shall not have so intervened. The bringing in of such additional parties shall be without prejudice to the present motions of the United States and Louisiana, subject only to shch terms as justice may require vis-a -vis the additional parties. Meanwhile such motions are continued.


Motions continued.


The CHIEF JUSTICE and Mr. Justice CLARK took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.