Commerce Clause
  • Coors Brewing Company v. Calderon
    No. 02-1483 (D.C. Cir. 2002) We successfully represented Sila M. Calderon, Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in an action filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. by Coors. Coors’ lawsuit challenged Puerto Rico’s graduated beer tax regime as an alleged violation of the Interstate Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. We successfully defended the Governor in the district court action. After full briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Coors dismissed its appeal.
  • South Central Bell Telephone Company v. Alabama
    526 U.S. 160 (1999) We represented the State of Alabama in the Supreme Court in a case challenging the State’s corporate franchise tax as it applied to out-of-state corporations. Our brief traced the history of the Court’s Commerce Clause cases. We urged the Court to abandon its Dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence on the ground that it has no foundation in the Constitution. Mr. Cooper argued the case.
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