PARKER v. BROWN

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
46
Petitioner 
Parker
Respondent 
Brown
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the appellants)
(As amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court)
(Argued the cause for the appellee)
Term:
Facts of the Case 

In 1933, the state of California enacted the California Prorate Act. The Act restricted competition among producers in order to stabilize prices. Brown, a raisin producer, attempted to enjoin enforcement of the Act on the ground that he was sustaining irreparable economic injuries under the program because of its regulations on contracts.

Question 

Did the California Act violate the Commerce Clause?

Conclusion 

In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the program created by the California Prorate Act of 1933 was a regulation of state industry of local concern that did not impair national control over commerce. The Court noted that states had authority to regulate local matters so long as they did not materially obstruct commerce. The Court also found that the effects of the California Act paralleled the desired effects of congressional legislation. Since both California and the Congress were attempting to stabilize agricultural prices, no conflict between local and national interests was present.

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