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Northern Pipeline Co. v. Marathon Pipe Line Co. - Significance, Three Acceptable Categories, Bankruptcy

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Northern Pipeline Co.


Marathon Pipe Line Co.

Petitioner's Claim

That an appellate court ruling that non-Article III bankruptcy courts are unconstitutional should be dismissed.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

John L. Devney

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Melvin I. Orenstein

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 June 1982


That Article I federal bankruptcy courts were unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Ex parte Bakelite Corp., 279 U.S. 438 (1929).
  • Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11 (1955).
  • Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962).
  • Glidden Co. v. Zdanok, 370 U.S. 530 (1962).
  • Buckley v. Valeo, 42 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • Fullilove v. Klutznick, 448 U.S. 448 (1980).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.

Further Readings

  • American Bar Association Journal, September 1982.
  • Brooklyn Law Review, winter 1983, p. 207.
  • Harvard Law Review, November 1982, p. 257.
  • Land and Water Review, Vol. 18, p. 313.
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