February 19, 2016

International Shoe Co. v. Washington - 326 U.S. 310, 66 S.Ct. 154 90 L.Ed. 95 (1945) - Supreme Court of the United States

FACTS: International Shoe Co. is headquartered in St. Louis.  They had salesman who were selling shoes in Washington.  The state wanted the company to make contributions to the state unemployment compensation fund but Int. Shoe claimed they didn't have to. 

PROCEDURAL HISTORY: Commissioner, superior court, and supreme court all affirmed.

ISSUE: Was Int. Shoe doing business within the state of Washington?

HOLDING: Yes

RATIONALE: Under the standard of "Minimum contact" Int. Shoe had been conducting business within the state.  The salesman had been living in the state, selling merchandise to residents of the state, and solicited residents of the state.  The corporation had exercised the privilege of conducting business within the state and had in turn allowed itself to become subject to the laws of the state. (207)

DISPOSITION: Affirmed.