Gibbs v. Consolidated Gas Co. of Baltimore
130 U.S. 396 (1889)

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Gibbs v. Consolidated Gas Co. of Baltimore, 130 U.S. 396 (1889)

Gibbs v. Consolidated Gas Company of Baltimore

No. 220

Argued March 19-20, 1889

Decided April 15, 1889

130 U.S. 396

ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND

Syllabus

Courts decline to enforce contracts which impose a restraint, though only partial, upon business of such character that restraint to any extent will be prejudicial to the public interest.

But where the public welfare is not involved and the restraint upon one party is not greater than protection to the other party requires, a contract in restraint of trade may be sustained.

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