Saturday, May 17, 2014
Williamson v. Lee Optical case brief summary
Facts/Issue/Holding: OK law made it unlawful for anyone not optometrist or ophthalmologists to fit lenses. Statute specifically exempted “ready-to-wear” sellers. In effect, statute prevented opticians from fitting old glasses into new frames. Court held did not violate EP clause.
· EP clause extends ONLY to invidious discrimination.
· In cases where invidious discrimination not apparent, legislatures may take steps to eliminate some evils but not all without violating the EP clause.
· Legislature may have felt that the “ready-to-wear” branch did not pose as great a problem as the other branches.
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