American Libraries Association v. Pataki
Significance, Negative Commerce Clause Applies To Internet, Impact, Ralph Nader, Mayhem Manuals, Further Readings
American Libraries Association, et al.
George Pataki, Governor of the State of New York, et al.
That a New York law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene materials to children through a computer placed impermissible burdens on commerce between the states, and was thus unconstitutional.
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff
Jeanne Lahiff, Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York
Chief Defense Lawyer
Michael K. Hertz
Loretta A. Preska
New York, New York
Date of Decision
20 June 1997
That the New York statute placed substantial burdens on the free flow of commerce and conflicted with generally applicable federal laws, and thus was unconstitutional.
- Gibbons v. Ogden, 22 U.S. 1 (1824).
- Price v. Bruce Church, Inc., 397 U.S. 137 (1970).
- Healy v. The Beer Institute, 491 U.S. 324 (1989).
- Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 512 U.S. 844 (1997).
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Hernandez, Debra Gersh. "Mayhem Online." Editor & Publisher, 24 June 1995, p. 34.
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