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Loren J. Pike v. Bruce Church, Inc
An Arizona law requires that all cantaloupes grown in Arizona and offered for sale must be packed in closed standard containers approved by government officials. Loren Pike, the Defendant state’s official in charge of enforcing the law, issued an order prohibiting the Plaintiff, a cantaloupe farming company, from transporting uncrated cantaloupes from their Arizona ranch to the California packing place. The closest available packing shed to the Defendant state was California and calculated they would suffer $700,000 in losses unless the order was enjoined. The Plaintiff filed suit in district court to enjoin the order on the ground that it was unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.
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