U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number


Cert. Denied


Questions Presented

Whether a state or local law that discriminates against certain in-state businesses based solely on their ties to interstate commerce discriminates against interstate commerce.

Case Updates

Cert. petition denied

May 02, 2016

U.S. Chamber urges Supreme Court to review Seattle minimum wage case

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Chamber filed a coalition amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant review of the City of Seattle’s minimum-wage ordinance that subjects nationwide franchise businesses to a steeper schedule of increases in the minimum wage than smaller, local businesses over the next five years. Specifically, the Ninth Circuit had affirmed a district court's denial of a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Seattle ordinance. The joint amicus brief argues that the ordinance purposefully discriminates against interstate commerce in violation of the dormant commerce clause.

The U.S. Chamber filed this brief jointly with the Retail Litigation Center, Inc., American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Restaurant Association, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and Home Care Association of America.

William S. Consovoy and J. Michael Connolly of Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC served as co-counsel for the amici with the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

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