Robertson v. California (328 U.S. 440)/Dissent Douglas

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328 U.S. 440

Robertson  v.  California (328 U.S. 440)

 Argued: Jan. 8, 9, 1946. --- Decided: June 3, 1946

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS dissenting in part.

I agree with the Court that the general license requirements which California provides for the insurance agents were constitutional under the decisions of the Court, even prior to the McCarran Act. But prior to that Act California could not under our decisions under the commerce clause exclude an interstate business, at least in absence of a showing that it was a fraudulent enterprise or in an unsound condition. No such showing is made here. The McCarran Act changes that rule; but it should not be allowed to make unlawful what was lawful when done.


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