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Munn v. Illinois

Munn v. Illinois 94 U.S. 113 1876 is an important U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with corporate rates and agriculture.

This case involved the most famous opinion delivered by Chief Justice Morrison Remick Waite (1816-1888). In it, he upheld legislation proposed by the Grangers to regulate railroad and grain elevator rates, declaring that the general welfare requires that business interests be reined in by governmental authority.

In Munn v. Illinois, the Supreme Court decided that the Fourteenth Amendment did not prevent the State of Illinois from regulating charges for use of a business's grain elevators, ignoring the question of whether Munn & Scott was a person.

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