Borden’s Farm Products Co., Inc. v. Ten Eyck
United States Supreme Court
297 U.S. 251 (1936)
New York (defendant) passed a statute prescribing the minimum price for milk. The statute permitted off-brand milk to be priced one cent per quart lower than name-brand milk. The statute was temporary, intended to stabilize the milk market during the Great Depression. Borden’s Farms Company, Inc. (plaintiff), which sold name-brand milk, brought suit. Borden’s claimed that the statute violated its right to equal protection under the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. Over the approximately two years prior to the enactment of the statute, name-brand milk was sold, on average, at prices at least one cent per quart higher than off-brand milk. This price difference resulted from market forces due to name-brand milk dealers heavily advertising their milk. The lower courts ruled that the statute was constitutional. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)
Dissent (Reynolds, J.)
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