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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission
Citation:447 U.S. 557 (1980)
In 1973, the Public Service Commission of New York ordered electric utilities in the state to stop running advertisements to “promote the use of electricity,” because there was a concern that the utility system in New York did not have sufficient fuel stocks or supplies to meet all customer demands for the winter of 1973–1974. Appellant, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, sued in state court arguing that the regulation violated their First Amendment (made applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment).
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