Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAny business that transports property or people by any means of conveyance (truck, auto, taxi, bus, airplane, railroad, ship) for a charge. There are two types of carriers: common carrier (in the regular...

Carrier's Lien

A type of lien that gives a security interest in shipped goods to a shipper that publicly operates a business for the transportation of goods. This lien typically arises when the shipper takes possession of the goods and lasts until the shipper has...

Carrying for Hire

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe act of transporting goods or individuals for a fee.

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Refers to the highways, waterways, and air traffic of the country. Compare with instrumentalities.


1. Broadly, the highest law of an entity. More specifically:

(a) In corporate law, the articles of incorporation.

(b) In public law, the instrument by which a municipality is incorporated (e.g., city charter). This type of charter...


In 15 U.S.C. §1127:

1) The exchanging, buying, or selling of things having economic value between two or more entities, for example goods, services, and money. Commerce is often done on a large scale, typically between individuals, businesses,...

Commerce Clause


The Commerce Clause refers to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian

Congress has...

Common Carrier

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn individual, a company, or a public utility (like municipal buses) that is in the regular business of transporting people or freight, and must do so as long as the approved charge or fare is paid.



Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA rider on a train, bus, airline, taxi, ship, ferry, automobile, or other carrier in the business of transporting people for a fee (a common carrier). A passenger is owed a duty of care by such a carrier...

private carrier

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA business that transports goods or services for a fee but is under no obligation to do business with the general public. Compare: common carrier

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