Brown v. Houston

PETITIONER: Brown
RESPONDENT: Houston
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Waite Court (1882-1887)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Apr 03, 1884
DECIDED: May 04, 1885

Facts of the case

A Louisiana law assessed an annual tax on goods which remained stored on flat boats prior to sale. Brown, a representative of a Pennsylvania coal mining company, refused to pay the tax on a load of coal which had been shipped to an agent in New Orleans.

Question

Did the Louisiana law violate the Constitution by posing an improper restriction on interstate commerce?