- A rejected term of art. In a seemingly technical distinction between negative" and "affirmative" orders of the Interstate Commerce Commission, the opinion in Procter & Gamble v United States, 225 US 282, 56 L Ed 1091, 32 S Ct 761, gave authority to a doctrine which harmonizes neither with the considerations which induced it nor with the decisions which have purported to follow it. Later cases have made it clearer that "negative order" and "affirmative order are not appropriate terms of art. Thus, the Supreme Court has had occasion to find that while an order was negative in form, it was affirmative in fact. Rochester Tel. Corp. v United States, 307 US 125, 83 L Ed 1147, 59 S Ct 754.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.
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