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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Gibbons v. Ogden
Citation:22 U.S. (9 Wheat.) 1 (1824)
Gibbons, the appellant, challenged the constitutionality of a New York law that would restrain him from offering steamboat service from New Jersey to New York. One of Gibbons’s argument was that the New York law was unconstitutional because the Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to regulate interstate commerce. The Supreme Court found it unnecessary to decide this question because the Court concluded that a federal statute preempted the New York law. The appellant contends that full power to regulate a particular subject implies the whole power, and leaves no residuum; that a grant of the whole is incompatible with the existence of a right in another to any part of it.
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