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Roger Taney issues decision in Bank of Augusta v. Earle


The case of Bank of Augusta v. Earle revolves around whether a corporation chartered in one state can do business in another. The state of Alabama argues that a corporation, as a legal entity, has no existence outside the range of the laws which chartered it. Taney rules that a corporation does not have a legal existence outside its home state but may do business in anther state through its agents there if the other state so permits. -- Joanne Williams

Source Citation: 

Carl Brent Swisher, Roger B. Taney (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1935), 380-385.

Sandra F. VanBurkleo and Bonnie Speck, "Taney, Roger Brooke," American National Biography Online, February 2000,


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