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Block v. Hirsh

Significance, Hirsh Needs A Home, War Justifies Unlimited Governmental Powers, Even In Wartime, Any Violation Of The Constitution Is Evil





Appellant's Claim

That the appellant should be allowed to remain in his apartment by reversing a lower court decision invalidating a rent control law as unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Jesse C. Adkins

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William G. Johnson

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, John Hessin Clarke, William Rufus Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes (writing for the Court), Mahlon Pitney

Justices Dissenting

Joseph McKenna, James Clark McReynolds, Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

18 April 1921


The Court reversed the earlier decision. The rent control law was constitutionally valid, and Block could remain in his apartment at the old rent.

Related Cases

  • Marcus Brown Co. v. Feldman, 256 U.S. 170 (1921).
  • Chasleton Corp. v. Sinclair, 264 U.S. 543 (1924).
  • Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954).


CATO Institute for Policy Analysis, no. 216, 10 October 1994.

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