Aikens v. Wisconsin - 195 U.S. 194 (1904)
U.S. Supreme Court
Aikens v. Wisconsin, 195 U.S. 194 (1904)
Aikens v. Wisconsin
Nos. 3, 4, 6
Argued November 7, 1903
Reargued October 17, 1904
Decided November 7, 1904
195 U.S. 194
Malicious mischief is a familiar and proper subject for legislative repression as are also combinations for the purpose of inflicting it, and liberty to combine to inflict such mischief, even upon such intangibles as business or reputation, is not among the rights which the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to protect.
Section 4466a, Wisconsin Statutes of 1898, prohibiting combinations for the purpose of willfully or maliciously injuring another in his reputation,
trade, business or profession, is not in conflict with the Fourteenth Amendment so far as the section applies to such a combination made from solely malevolent motives.
The facts, which involved the constitutionality of § 4466a of the statutes of Wisconsin, 1898, are stated in the opinion of the Court.