Compliance with terms of the statute
 The authority of the bureau being wholly statutory, it must be exercised in conformity to
the statute.5 Dunnell, Minn. Dig. (2 ed. & Supps. 1932, 1934) § 7998; Kipp v. Dawson , 31
Minn. 373, 17 N.W. 961, 18 N.W. 96; Murray v. Zook, 205 Ind. 669, 187 N.E. 890, 90 A.L.R.
321; Rockne v. Olson, 191 Minn. 310, 254 N.W. 5. Full compliance with the terms of the
statute was requisite to authorize the bureau to designate a carrier. Whether the statute be
mandatory or directory in its requirements is not controlling. The statute commands
obedience, otherwise it would not have been enacted. The rule by which statutes are held to be
directory as to certain requirements is to sustain action after the act against failure to comply
with the statute in certain respects, but never to compel noncompliance in any respect before
the act. It would seem to be the duty of courts to compel obedience, not disobedience, to the
commands of the statute and to sustain action justified by insistence on compliance with law.
Kipp v. Dawson , (supra) . The new corporation, prior to March 26, 1936, by noncompliance
with the statute failed to perfect a right to have a designation of an insurer made for it by the
bureau. Where an employer is entitled to a designation, he can compel designation under the
statute by mandamus, Texas Employers' Ins. Assn. v. U.S. Torpedo Co. (Tex. Com. App.)
26 S.W. (2d) 1057; Russell v. Texas Employers' Ins. Assn. ( Tex. Civ. App.) 61 S.W. (2d)
553; Southern Casualty Co. v. Freeman (Tex. Civ. App.) 13 S.E. (2d) 148; but mandamus will
be denied where it is shown that the petitioner has not complied with the provisions of a statute
or ordinance which are conditions to his right to the action demanded. Edwards Mfg. Co. v.
Farrington, 102 Me. 140, 66 A. 309; State ex rel. Morton v. Hauser, 17 Ohio App. 4; Doble
Steam Motors Corp. v. Daugherty, 195 Cal. 158, 232 P. 140; R. & B. Realty & Construction
Co. Inc. v. Jelleme, 2 N.J. Misc. 356, 130 A. 365; 38 C.J. p. 575, § 49.
Yoselowitz v. Peoples Bakery, 1938.MN.13 <http://www.versuslaw.com>, 277 N.W. 221 ( Minn. 1938).
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