Union Brokerage Co. v. Jensen
United States Supreme Court
322 U.S. 202, 64 S. Ct. 967, 88 L. Ed. 1227, 152 A.L.R. 1072 (1944)
Union Brokerage Co. (Union) (plaintiff), a North Dakota corporation, was licensed under federal law to do business in Minnesota as a customhouse broker, which facilitated the shipment and delivery of goods across geographical borders for individuals and organizations. Union sued two former employees for breach of fiduciary duties in a state court in Minnesota. The Minnesota state courts dismissed the action and denied Union access to the state courts because Union had not first been authorized under Minnesota laws to do business in Minnesota. Union appealed to the United States Supreme Court and argued that the Minnesota law was unconstitutional because it placed an undue burden on a federal instrumentality engaged in foreign commerce.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frankfurter, J.)
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