Vanderbilt Law Review

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The principle of competitive bidding for municipal, equipment trust, and terminal issues has been so thoroughly tested during war, boom and depression markets, that its advantages are no longer questioned. It was the extension of this principle, however, to public utility securities generally in 1941, and to additional classes of railroad debt securities in 1944 which again aroused organized opposition from the traditional utility and railroad bankers and gave rise to their solemn predictions of the dire consequences which would follow the adoption of competitive bidding for such securities.

It is not possible within the scope of this article to review all the arguments of opponents and proponents on this subject. These arguments have been fully and ably reviewed in the documents cited below.