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Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Significance, Supreme Court Rebuffs Presidential Claims Of Inherent Authority, Further Readings


Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.


Charles Sawyer, Secretary of Commerce

Petitioner's Claim

That in seizing control of steel production during the Korean War in order to prevent a labor strike, the executive branch exceeded its constitutional authority.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

John W. Davis

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Philip B. Perlman, Solicitor General

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Robert H. Jackson, Sherman Minton, Stanley Forman Reed, Fred Moore Vinson

Justices Dissenting

Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

2 June 1952


The Supreme Court ruled against the executive branch steel seizure.

Related Cases

  • Dalton v. Specter, 511 U.S. 462 (1994).

Additional topics

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