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Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co.

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Village of Euclid, Ohio


Ambler Realty Co.

Appellant's Claim

That a decree of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio enjoining enforcement of village zoning regulations should be reversed.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

James Metzenbaum

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Newton D. Baker

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Terry Sanford, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland (writing for the Court), William Howard Taft

Justices Dissenting

Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds, Willis Van Devanter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 November 1926


The Court upheld the village's right to enact zoning, reversing the Ohio court's decision.


The decision established the right of local governments to control land use through zoning laws.

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