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Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co.

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City of Richmond


J. A. Croson Co.

Appellant's Claim

That the Richmond City ordinance that non-minority owned primary contractors on city construction contracts must pledge at least 30 percent "set-aside" (assign that portion of the job) to minority subcontractors, did not violate the Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

John Payton

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Walter H. Ryland

Justices for the Court

Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

5 October 1988


That Richmond's ordinance of requiring non-minority contractors to pledge 30 percent of city construction contracts to minority subcontractors was invalid under the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

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