Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Dean Milk Co. v. City of Madison, Wis
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The City of Madison, Wisconsin had a law stating that milk had to be processed and bottled at an approved pasteurization plant within five miles of the central square of Madison. Another section said the milk had to be produced within a twenty-five mile radius. The purpose of the ordinance was to promote convenient, economical and efficient plant inspection. The plants in the five-mile radius and farms in the twenty-five mile radius were inspected once a month. Dean Milk collected milk from 900 farms outside the twenty-five mile radius, and processed the milk about sixty-five miles away from Madison. They were denied a license to sell their products within Madison because their pasteurization plants were more than five miles away.
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