Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States

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Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States by Charles Evans Hughes
A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, 295 U.S. 495 (1935), was a decision by the w:Supreme Court of the United States that invalidated regulations of the poultry industry according to the nondelegation doctrine and as an invalid use of Congress' power under the commerce clause. Notably, this was a unanimous decision that declared unconstitutional the National Industrial Recovery Act, a main component of President Roosevelt's New Deal. — Excerpted from Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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United States Supreme Court

295 U.S. 495


 Argued: May 2, 3, 1935. --- Decided: May 27, 1935

Phrase 'unfair methods of competition' within Federal Trade Commission Act has broader meaning than common-law term 'unfair competition,' but its scope cannot be precisely defined, and what constitutes 'unfair methods of competition' must be determined in particular instances, upon evidence, in light of particular competitive conditions and of what is found to be a specific and substantial public interest (Federal Trade Commission Act § 5 (15 USCA § 45)).

[Syllabus from pages 495-500 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Joseph Heller, Frederick H. Wood, and Jacob E. Heller, all of New York City, for petitioner A.L.A. Schechter Corporation and others.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 500-508 intentionally omitted]

The Attorney General and Messrs. Stanley F. Reed, Sol. Gen., and Donald R. Richberg, both of Washington, D.C., for the United States.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 508-519 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Chief Justice HUGHES delivered the opinion of the Court.


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