California Pricing Scheme for Commercial Fishing Licenses Found Unfair

Plaintiff Kevin Marilley filed the class action in 2013, California charged out-of-state residents like him $3,260 for a commercial fishing license, commercial fishing vessel registration, a Herring Gill net permit and a Dungeness crab vessel permit. All four licenses would cost a resident just $1,100. A federal judge found the scheme unfair under the privileges and immunities clause of the U.S. Constitution, but the state sought reversal earlier this summer in hearing before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit. California had argued that the fishermen must show that the differing fees “exclude them, in whole or in part, from commercial fishing.” Read the rest here 16:48

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