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International Harvester Co. v. Kentucky, 234 U.S. 216 (1914)

International Harvester Company v. Kentucky

No. 276, 291, 292

Argued April 23, 24, 1914

Decided June 8, 1914

234 U.S. 216


An antitrust criminal law may not necessarily be unconstitutional merely because it throws upon men the risk of rightly estimating what is an undue restraint of trade, but to compel a man to guess what the fair market value of commodities manufactured or sold by him would be under other than existing conditions is beyond constitutional limits.

The antitrust provision of the Constitution of 1891 and of the Acts of 1900 and 1906 of Kentucky, as construed by the highest court of that state, are unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment as offering no standard of conduct that it is possible to know in advance and comply with. 147 Ky. 564; id., 795; 148 Ky. 572, reversed.

The facts, which involve the constitutionality of antitrust provisions of the constitution and laws of Kentucky, are stated in the opinion.

Page 234 U. S. 219

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