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Inc. Baldwin v. G. A. F. Seelig

Significance, The Cross-appeal, Violation Of The Commerce Clause, Keeping Trade Open Between The States


Baldwin, for the state of New York


G. A. F. Seelig, Inc.

Appellant's Claim

That G. A. F. Seelig, Inc., a milk distributor, had no right under the New York Milk Control Act to sell milk in New York state, milk that had been purchased outside the state at a price lower than the minimum established by the act.

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Benjamin N. Cardozo (writing for the Court), Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland, Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

4 March 1935


The New York Milk Control Act violated the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Related Cases

  • Gibbons v. Ogden, 8 Wheat. 1 (1824).
  • Hood v. DuMond, 336 U.S. 525 (1949).
  • Dean Milk Company v. Madison, 340 U.S. 349 (1951).

Further Readings

  • Bartholomew, Paul C., and Joseph F. Menez. Summaries of Leading Cases on the U.S. Constitution, 13th ed. Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1990.
  • Chandler, Ralph C., et al. The Constitutional Law Dictionary, Vol. 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1987.
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

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