Docket No. S044869.

12 Cal.4th 503 (1995)

907 P.2d 430

48 Cal. Rptr.2d 582

PACIFIC MERCHANT SHIPPING ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. HENRY VOSS, as Director, etc., et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Supreme Court of California.

December 29, 1995.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Daniel E. Lungren, Attorney General, Roderick E. Walston, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Walter Wunderlich, Assistant Attorney General, Charles W. Getz IV and Marc N. Melnick, Deputy Attorneys General, for Defendants and Appellants.

Lillick & Charles, Sher & Blackwell, R. Frederic Fisher, Lawrence N. Minch, David F. Smith, Jeffrey F. Lawrence, Cindy Buys, Minder & Muro and Thomas G. Minder for Plaintiff and Respondent.



In this appeal we consider whether two statutes and a regulation authorizing the California Department of Food and Agriculture to levy an inspection fee on ships carrying agricultural goods into California from foreign countries (Food & Agr. Code, §§ 5352 & 5353, subd. (b); Cal. Code Regs., tit. 3, § 3560, subd. (b)), when no such fee is levied on carriers bringing such goods into California...

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