Legal Memorandum: Commerce Clause Violations in HI

Issue: Under federal law, as applied in Hawaii, does 42 U.S.C. 1983 permit a plaintiff to bring a claim for violations of the Commerce Clause?

Area of Law: Constitutional Law, Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Commerce Clause; Claims for injunctive and declaratory relief; Monetary damage
Jurisdiction: Federal, Hawaii
Cited Cases: 48 F.3d 391
Cited Statutes: 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Date: 02/01/2001

The law is clear that 42 U.S.C. § 1983 permits claims for injunctive and declaratory relief and monetary damages against appropriate defendants for violations of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.  Dennis v. Higgins, 498 U.S. 439, 440-41 (1991); Kleenwell Biohazard Waste v. Nelson & Gen. Ecology Consultants, Inc., 48 F.3d 391, 393 (9th Cir. 1995).


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