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Wickard v. Filburn

Significance, Supreme Court Extends Commerce Power To Production, Further Readings


Claude R. Wickard, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture


Roscoe C. Filburn

Appellant's Claim

That the practice of producing surplus wheat and keeping it on a farm should be fined by the federal government.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Francis Biddle, U.S Attorney General; Charles Fahy, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Webb R. Clark

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson (writing for the Court), Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone

Justices Dissenting

None (James Francis Byrnes did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

9 November 1942


The Supreme Court upheld the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 and the fine imposed under it on Filburn.

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