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