Styczinski v. Arnold

Case: No. 21-2936
Submitted: July 8, 2022
Filed: August 31, 2022
Deciding Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Plaintiffs – Appellants

Thomas John STYCZINSKI; Tom “The Coin Guy”, LLC; Treasure Island Coins, Inc.; Numismatist United Legal Defense


Defendant – Appellee

Grace ARNOLD, in her official capacity as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce


Styczinski v. Arnold, 46 F.4th 907 (C.A.8 (Minn.), 2022)


Coin dealers and association of coin dealers brought § 1983 action against Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Commerce, seeking both declaratory and injunctive relief, and contending that statute regulating bullion product dealers violated the dormant Commerce Clause. The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 550 F.Supp.3d 637, partially granted and partially denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and partially granted and partially denied Commissioner’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim.

Plaintiffs appealed.


The Court of Appeals held that: registration provisions in Minnesota statute regulating bullion transactions violated the dormant Commerce Clause under the doctrine of extraterritoriality; and surety bond requirement violated the dormant Commerce Clause under the doctrine of extraterritoriality.

Reversed and remanded.