Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,800+ case briefs...

Mugler v. Kansas

United States Supreme Court
123 U.S. 623 (1887)


Facts

Mugler, Ziebold, and Hagelin (codefendants) operated two breweries, which they continued to operate after the State of Kansas (plaintiff) enacted a statute banning the manufacture and sale of beer. The statute allowed a few exceptions, for example, the manufacture and sale of beer for medicinal use. Violators could be prosecuted, their breweries closed, and brewery fixtures and stock destroyed. Kansas successfully prosecuted Mugler for violating the statute. Mugler appealed to the Supreme Court of Kansas, which affirmed his conviction. Kansas also sought a court order enjoining Ziebold and Hagelin from continuing to operate their brewery. The three brewers claimed that the Kansas statute significantly lessened the value of their brewery properties and that the state's failure to compensate the brewers for that devaluation deprived them of their right to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mugler appealed to the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Kansas, and Kansas allowed the circuit court to hear the case against Ziebold and Hagelin as well. The circuit court ruled for the brewers, and Kansas appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Harlan, J.)

Dissent (Field, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 449,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 449,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,800 briefs, keyed to 224 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers


Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial