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Hughes v. Oklahoma

United States Supreme Court
441 U.S. 322 (1979)


Facts

Responding to concerns over the loss of its natural minnow population, Oklahoma (plaintiff) passed a statute that prohibited the transportation or shipment of natural minnows procured within the state for sale outside the state. Hughes (defendant) was charged under the statute as he engaged in the interstate commerce of Oklahoma minnows to customers in his Texas-based enterprise. Hughes challenged the statute on the grounds that it discriminated against interstate commerce. The lower courts upheld the statute, and Hughes appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

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