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Zobel v. Williams
Citation:457 U.S. 55, 102 S.Ct. 2309, 72 L.Ed.2d 672 (1982).
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In 1967, Alaska discovered large oil reserves on state-owned land. Revenues were distributed under a dividend program which gave earnings directly to each citizen over 18. Each individual was entitled to one dividend unit for each year of residency subsequent to 1959, the first year of statehood.
Plaintiffs established residency in Alaska in 1978. They brought suit under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, arguing they were entitled to enjoy full rights of Alaska citizenship on the same terms as all other citizens of the state.
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