Guest Post by Dodge Grootemaat
Hi, everybody! Today we have our first guest post by a very dear friend of mine, Dodge Grootemaat. (Seriously, that's his name. It's like he walked straight out of a detective novel!) Dodge graduated from Baylor University magna cum laude, honors with distinction, then went on to graduate from University of Texas School of Law. These days he's Litigation Counsel for Hewlett-Packard. Enjoy! - Damon
You’ve probably seen a footnote before. It's a tiny little number that usually comes at the end of a sentence, like this.1 After seeing the number, you can then look down at the bottom of the page (or at the end of the chapter) and find a more in-depth explanation of something. However, if you’re anything like most people, you pay no attention to footnotes. (It’s ok, I’m like most people too). After all, footnotes are in a small font and they’re down at the bottom and “ain’t nobody got time for that!” But did you know that a single footnote has helped to shape the course of America’s legal history?
Footnote 4 from the case U.S. v. Carolene Products was the most important part of that entire case, and it has had a major impact on history as we know it. It was 1938, and America was still staggering through the Great Depression. In hopes of trying to increase profits, the Carolene Products Company started mixing coconut oil into their milk and selling it as a product called “Milnut.” Unfortunately for Carolene Products, the US Congress had previously passed a law called “The Filled Milk Act” which made it illegal for companies to mix any other types of fats into the milk they sold. The Filled Milk Act was intended to protect everyday people from drinking harmful substances mixed in with their milk. Consider if you will, The Simpsons' take on 'malk'.2