Standard Oil Co. v. Graves
249 U.S. 389 (1919)

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Standard Oil Co. v. Graves, 249 U.S. 389 (1919)

Standard Oil Company v. Graves

No. 177

Argued January 23, 1919

Decided April 14, 1919

249 U.S. 389


The construction of a state statute must be judged by its necessary effect; the name is not conclusive. P. 249 U. S. 394.

A law of the State of Washington requires that products of petroleum, intended for use or consumption in the state, shall be inspected before being sold or offered for sale, and imposes fees for inspection by which in 10 years over $335,000 was collected, of which only about $80,000 was disbursed for expenses, leaving a revenue of over $255,000. Held, in respect of such products imported from another state for sale in Washington, that the charge is excessive, and an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce. Id.

94 Wash. 291 reversed.

The case is stated in the opinion.

Page 249 U. S. 391

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