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Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner

Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner
Supreme Court of the United States
Argued January 12, 1983
Decided March 29, 1983
Full case name Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner
Citations 460 more)
75 L. Ed.2d, 103 S. Ct. 1365 (1983)
Prior history 314 N.W.2d 201 (Min. 1981)
Holding
Special taxes imposed on ink and paper are unconstitutional under the First Amendment.[1]
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority O'Connor, joined by Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens, Powell
Concurrence White (concurring in part, dissenting in part)
Dissent Rehnquist
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I

Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner, 460 Minneapolis Star Tribune initially paid the tax and sued for a refund.

Court finding

On its face, this ruling finds that state tax systems cannot treat the press differently than any other business without significant and substantial justification. The state of Minnesota demonstrated no such justification to impose a special tax on a select few newspaper publishers. Therefore, this tax was in violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.

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  • Text of Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner, 460 U.S. 575 (1983) is available from:  Justia 



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