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Lester Baldwin v. Fish & Game Commn. of Montana

United States Supreme Court
436 U.S. 371 (1978)


Facts

The State of Montana operated a hunting licensing scheme which permitted Montana residents to purchase single-animal hunting licenses for very low fees, but required out-of-state residents to purchase combination licenses for significantly more money, regardless of what animals they wished to hunt in the state. Lester Baldwin (plaintiff) was a Montana resident that operated a hunting guide business. He and several of his Minnesota clients, all previous hunters in Montana, brought suit against the Fish & Game Commn. of Montana (defendant) in federal district court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief on the grounds that the Montana statute violated the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Constitution. A three-judge district court denied relief to all plaintiffs, and they appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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