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Mayflower Farms, Inc. v. Ten Eyck

297 U.S. 266 (1936)

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Mayflower Farms, Inc. v. Ten Eyck

United States Supreme Court

297 U.S. 266 (1936)

Facts

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. However, the lower price minimum was permitted only for off-brand milk dealers who had been in the milk business as of April 10, 1933, the date that the statute was passed. 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. Mayflower Farms, Inc. (plaintiff) entered the milk business selling off-brand milk after April 10, 1933. Mayflower brought suit, arguing that by not permitting it to sell milk at the lower price, the statute violated its right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)

Dissent (Cardozo, J.)

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