Allgeyer v. Louisiana

PETITIONER: Allgeyer
RESPONDENT: Louisiana
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 446
DECIDED BY: Fuller Court (1896-1897)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Jan 06, 1897
DECIDED: Mar 01, 1897

Facts of the case

A Louisiana statute prohibited foreign (out-of-state) insurance corporations from conducting business in Louisiana without maintaining at least one place of business and an authorized agent in the State. Louisiana implemented the statute as an exercise of its police powers, intending to protect its citizens from deceitful insurance companies. Allgeyer and Company violated this statute by purchasing insurance from a firm based in the State of New York which did not meet the requirements of the Louisiana law.

Question

Does the Louisiana law violate the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause which, according to Allegyer and Company, protects its liberty to enter into contracts with businesses of its choice?