Butchers' Benevolent Assn. of New Orleans v. Crescent City Livestock

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Butchers' Benevolent Assn. of New Orleans v. Crescent City Livestock
Court
Citation 83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 36 (1873)
Date decided 1873

Facts

The Louisiana legislature gave a monopoly in the livestock landing and slaughterhouse business to Crescent City Livestock company. The law required that the company allow any person to slaughter animals in the slaughterhouse for a fixed fee. Several butchers brought suit challenging the monopoly.


Issues

Whether the state grant of a monopoly violates the Constitution by creating involuntary servitude, or denying due process.


Holding

The monopoly is valid.


Rule

The privileges and immunities relied on in the argument are those which belong to citizens of the States as such, and that they are left to the State governments for security and protection, and not by this article placed under the special care of the Federal government.