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Bi-Metallic Inv. Co. v. State Bd. of Equalization - 239 U.S. 441, 36 S. Ct. 141 (1915)
The Constitution does not require all public acts to be done in town meeting or an assembly of the whole.
Bi-Metallic Inv. Co. brought an action against State Board of Equalization and the State Tax Commission to enjoin them from putting in force an order increasing the valuation of all taxable property in Denver by 40 percent. The Supreme Court of Colorado sustained the order and dismissed the action. Bi-Metallic Inv. Co. appealed.
Was Bi-Metallic Inv. Co. deprived of due process because there was no hearing and no notice done prior to the reassessment?
The United States Supreme Court held that the reassessment order was valid because notice and hearing were not required. The Court reasoned that general statutes within the state power were constitutional without providing individuals a chance to be heard.
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