Federal Trade Commission v. Dean Foods Company

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Federal Trade Commission v. Dean Foods Company
by the Supreme Court of the United States
FTC v. Dean Foods Co, 384 U.S. 597 (1966), is a 1966 decision of the United States Supreme Court holding that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may sue in federal court to obtain a preliminary injunction to maintain the status quo against the consummation of a merger that the agency persuasively contends violates the antitrust laws. More broadly, the Dean Foods' case stands for the proposition that a federal agency may, by invoking the “All Writs Act,” seek equitable relief in federal court against a person’s threatened action that will substantially interfere with the agency’s performance of its statutory duty and thus adversely affect the relevant court’s ability to review the agency’s ultimate order with respect to the threatened action. — Excerpted from Federal Trade Commission v. Dean Foods Co. on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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United States Supreme Court

384 U.S. 597


 Argued: March 28, 1966. --- Decided: June 13, 1966

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Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall for petitioner.

Hammond E. Chaffetz, Washington, D.C., for respondents.

Mr. Justice CLARK delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).