Constitutional Law

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Katzenbach v. McClung

Facts

Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which disallowed restaurants from racially discriminating in their customer base.  They did so by citing their authority under the interstate commerce clause, saying that the rule applied to restaurants that received food through inter...

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Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States

Facts

Congress passed the Civil Rights of 1964, a portion of which banned racial discrimination in public places with public accommodations, citing the interstate commerce clause as their authority.  Plaintiff rented a large motel in Atlanta and refused to offer rooms to African America...

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Gonzales v. Raich

Facts

California passed the “Compassionate Use Act,” which allowed for the use of medical marijuana.  The Defendants were compliant with state laws when arrested, but guilty under federal DEA laws at the time.  The Defendant sued the Attorney General, arguing that Congress ...

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Cooley v. Board of Wardens

Facts

Congress passed a law stating that states could regulate “pilot” boats on interstate waterways.  Pennsylvania passed a law that required a “pilot” to guide them through the harbor, and provided a penalty for not doing so.  The defendants, pursuant to the PA law, took acti...

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City of Philadelphia v. New Jersey

Facts

New Jersey instituted a law that banned the importation of disposable waste from out of staters.  New Jersey instituted the law because it had a problem with large amounts of waste dumping that exceeded the state’s capacity to for proper disposal.  The state contended that the ...

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