San Diego Law Review
Targeting State Protectionism Instead of Interstate Discrimination Under the Dormant Commerce Clause
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.
Catherine G. O'Grady,
Targeting State Protectionism Instead of Interstate Discrimination Under the Dormant Commerce Clause,
San Diego L. Rev.
Available at: https://digital.sandiego.edu/sdlr/vol34/iss2/6