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Tyson & Brother v. Banton

"a Public Interest", A Round Of Dissents, Scalping


Tyson & Brother Co.


Joab H. Banton, Vincent B. Murphy

Appellant's Claim

That a U.S. district court erred in upholding the constitutionality of New York's ticket resale law.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Louis Marshall

Chief Lawyers for Appellees

Felix Benvenga, Robert P. Beyer

Justices for the Court

Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland (writing for the Court), William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting

Louis D. Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Terry Sanford


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 February 1927


The district court opinion was reversed, thus invalidating the New York law.


The case was a significant battle in the evolving balance between the rights of private business and state regulation in the name of public welfare.

Related Cases

  • Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113 (1876).
  • Nebbia v. People of New York, 291 U.S. 502 (1934).
  • Olsen v. State of Nebraska ex rel. Western Reference and Bond Association, 313 U.S. 236 (1941).
  • New Jersey Association of Ticket Brokers v. Ticketron, 543 A.2d 997 (1998).


Sports Illustrated, 7 April 1997 Vol. 86, no. 14, p. 102.

The Economist, 25 May 1991, Vol. 319, no. 7708, p. 21.

Further Readings

  • "Agencies Keep Ticket Price Level." New York Times, 1 March 1927, p. 12.
  • "Anti-Gouging Law On Theatre Tickets Declared Invalid." New York Times, 1 March 1927, pp. 1, 12.
  • Hall, Kermit. L., ed. The Oxford Companion To The Supreme Court Of The United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • "Ticket Scalpers Win." New York Times, 2 March 1927, p. 24.

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