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Woods v. Cloyd W. Miller Co. - Significance, Solicitor General

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Tighe E. Woods, Housing Expediter, Office of the Housing Expediter


Cloyd W. Miller Co., et al.

Appellant's Claim

That the authority of Congress to regulate rents by virtue of the War Power Act had terminated.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Philip B. Perlman, Solicitor General of Washington, D.C.

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Paul S. Knight

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, Harold Burton, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Wiley Blount Rutledge, Fred Moore Vinson

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

16 February 1948


The continuation of rent control by Housing and Rent Act of 1947, enacted after the termination of hostilities, was unanimously held to be a valid exercise of the war power.

Related Cases

  • Block v. Hirsh, 256 U.S. 135 (1921).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 9. St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN: The West Group, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court. New York: Oxford University Press, p. 909.
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