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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Citation:83 U.S. 36 (1873)
In 1869, the Louisiana legislature passed a statute permitting the slaughtering of animals in New Orleans only in a slaughter-house owned by a corporation chartered by the statute. The statute required the corporation to permit independent butchers to slaughter their animals at its slaughter-house at a cost fixed by statute, but it also ordered all other slaughter-houses to close. The slaughter-house would be large enough to accommodate all butchers and to allow 500 animals to be slaughtered each day. Butchers aggrieved by the statutory monopoly brought suit challenging the constitutionality of the statute.
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