Baldwin v. G.A.F. Seelig, Inc.

United States Supreme Court

294 U.S. 511 (1935)

A state is prohibited from passing restrictions that unduly burden interstate commerce for the purpose of reducing competition between the states under the Commerce Clause.

Relevant Facts

New York passed the Milk Control Act, which prohibited the sale of milk imported from another state by 3rd parties, unless the price paid to the other state reached at least the minimum amount that local New York milk producers would be paid. G.A.F. Seelig, Inc. (plaintiff), a Vermont milk producer, opened a lawsuit in the federal district court against Baldwin (defendant), a New York state official. The plaintiff regarded the Milk Control Act as an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce.

The district court granted partial relief to the plaintiff regarding its milk imported in original cans and bottled in New York, but denied relief for milk imported in bottles from Vermont. Both parties appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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December 29, 2020

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Citations

294 U.S. 511 (1935)