Wickard v. Filburn

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Wickard v. Filburn by Robert H. Jackson

Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942), was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized the power of the federal government to regulate economic activity. A farmer, Roscoe Filburn, was growing wheat for on-farm consumption. The U.S. government had imposed limits on wheat production based on acreage owned by a farmer, in order to drive up wheat prices during the Great Depression, and Filburn was growing more than the limits permitted. Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it. Excerpted from Wickard v. Filburn on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

317 U.S. 111

Claude R. Wickard, Secretary of Agriculture, et al.  v.  Roscoe C. Filburn

No. 59.  Argued: May 4, 1932. -- Reargued: October 13, 1942. --- Decided: November 9, 1942.

On Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of Ohio.

43 F. Supp. 1017, Reversed.

Messrs. Francis Biddle, Atty. Gen., and Charles Fahy, Sol. Gen., for appellants.

[Syllabus from pages 111-113 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Webb R. Clark, of Dayton, Ohio, for appellee.

Mr. Justice JACKSON delivered the opinion of the Court.


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