Facts of Gibbons v. Ogden:
The state of New York gave an exclusive license to Aaron Odgen to operate a steamboat to carry passengers from New York to New Jersey. However, the federal government gave Thomas Gibbons a license for the same route. Aaron Odgen sued and won in New York court. Thomas Gibbons took the case to the Supreme Court where they overturned the decision.
Significance of Gibbons v. Ogden:
This decision provided the federal government with the ability to regulate interstate commerce. Additionally, the case added weight to the authority of the federal government over state's rights. Also, this ruling was used as a basis for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.