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Allgeyer v. Louisiana

United States Supreme Court
165 U.S. 578 (1897)

Allgeyer v. Louisiana


In 1894, Allgeyer (defendant), a New Orleans-based company, sent a letter to the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in New York requesting insurance for an international shipment of cotton. Later that year, the State of Louisiana (plaintiff) filed a petition in Louisiana state court alleging that Allgeyer violated a Louisiana statute that conditionally prohibited foreign corporations from doing business within the State of Louisiana. The trial court held for Allgeyer, but the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed and charged Allgeyer a $1,000 fine. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Peckham, J.)

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