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GLENN V. FIELD PACKING CO., 290 U. S. 177 (1933)

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Glenn v. Field Packing Co., 290 U.S. 177 (1933)

Glenn v. Field Packing Co.

No. 541

Argued November 15, 1933

Decided December 4, 1933

290 U.S. 177


Legislation of Kentucky laying a tax of ten cents per pound on all oleomargarine sold in the State was assailed as invalid under the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and also under the Kentucky Bill of Rights. A permanent injunction was granted on the latter ground without deciding the federal question.


1. Upon the facts found, and principles laid down by the Court of Appeals of Kentucky, the statute, although in form a taxing law, is in reality a prohibition of sale, and hence invalid under the state constitution. P. 290 U. S. 178.

2. The decree should be modified to permit the state authorities to apply for relief in the future should it appear that the statute has been sustained by the state court as valid under the state constitution, or that, by reason of a change in circumstances, it may be regarded as imposing a valid tax. P. 290 U. S. 179.

5 F.Supp. 4 modified and affirmed.

Appeal from a decree of perpetual injunction entered by the District Court of three judges in a suit to restrain taxing officials from enforcing a tax.

Page 290 U. S. 178

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