Association of Equipment Manufacturers v. Burgum, No. 18-1115 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of a preliminary injunction enjoining North Dakota Senate Bill 2289, which regulates relationships between manufacturers and farm equipment dealers. The court held that the State has not carried its burden of showing a significant and legitimate public purpose underlying Senate Bill 2289. Therefore, the district court did not err in concluding that the manufacturers were likely to succeed on the merits of their Contract Clause claim. In this case, the manufacturers cannot reasonably be said to have had a fair and appreciable warning of an impending intervention into their agreements.