Fla. County Takes Port Permit Case To Supreme Court

Law360, New York (May 30, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT) -- Miami-Dade County has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an Eleventh Circuit ruling that upheld a $4 million judgment over its refusal to issue a port permit to a Florida company that loads and unloads ships, saying it didn't block interstate commerce.

The Eleventh Circuit said the county's repeated refusals to issue the Port of Miami permit violated the dormant commerce clause, which prohibits states and local governments from enacting legislation or practices that impact interstate commerce by discriminating against out-of-state companies. But the county,...
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