San Diego Law Review

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This Article evaluates case law involving the dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and critiques the use of a discrimination-focused analysis. Instead of analyzing whether a local ordinance discriminates against interstate commerce, the author recommends looking at whether an ordinance constitutes economic protectionism. She analyzes such cases as Pike v. Bruce Church and C & A Carbone, Inc. v. Clarkstown in concluding that local economic protectionism is the evil meant to be addressed by the dormant Commerce Clause. Whether the ordinance discriminates against interstate commerce should be a secondary analysis.

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