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Southern Pacific Co. v. Arizona
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The Arizona Train Limit Law of 1912 prohibited railroad trains of more than fourteen passenger or seventy freight cars. In 1940, Plaintiff, State of Arizona, sued Defendant, Southern Pacific Company, for violating that law. The trial court found in favor of Defendant, holding that the law violated the commerce clause. The Supreme Court of Arizona reversed, finding that a state law enacted under the police power with reasonable relation to health and safety could not be overturned despite its adverse affect on interstate commerce.
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