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Houser v. State
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Charles Houser, III, Plaintiff, filed suit seeking a declaratory judgment that a 21-year old drinking age deprives 18-20 year olds of equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Plaintiff sued the State of Washington on his on behalf and on behalf of the class of 18-20 year olds in the state. Plaintiff offered expert testimony in support, and the State offered two studies supporting the drinking age. The district court held for the State. In determining whether a rational relationship between a legitimate state purpose and the drinking age existed, the district court took judicial notice of the studies submitted by the State. Plaintiff appealed contending the court erred in taking judicial notice of the studies offered by the State. Plaintiff claims the facts in the study were not “well established and authoritatively settled.”
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