KASSELL v. CONSOLIDATED FREIGHTWAYS CORP. OF DL

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
79-1320
Appellee 
Consolidated Freightways Corp. of DL
Appellant 
Kassell
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Facts of the Case 

An Iowa law restricted the length of vehicles traveling on its highways. Iowa justified the law as a reasonable use of its police power to assure safety on the state's roads.

Question 

Did the law pose an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce?

Conclusion 
Decision: 6 votes for Consolidated Freightways Corp. of DL, 3 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 3: Interstate Commerce Clause

The Court held that the law violated the Commerce Clause for two reasons. First, Iowa could not prove that the vehicles it targeted posed potential danger to highway travelers. The safety interest was "illusory." Second, the law was "out of step with the laws of all other Midwestern and Western States" which did not have similar regulations. This placed significant burdens on the flow of interstate commerce

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KASSELL v. CONSOLIDATED FREIGHTWAYS CORP. OF DL. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 25 November 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1980/1980_79_1320>.
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