VALLEY FORGE CC v. AMERICANS UNITED

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
80-327
Petitioner 
Valley Forge CC
Respondent 
Americans United
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the respondents)
(Argued the cause for the petitioner)
(Argued the cause for the federal parties as respondents in support of the petitioner)
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Facts of the Case 

The Secretary of Defense closed the Valley Forge General Hospital in an effort to reduce the number of military installations in the country. In accordance with a congressional statute regulating the dispersal of surplus government property, part of the hospital's land was given, free-of-charge, to the Valley Forge Christian College.

Question 

Did the transfer of property violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment?

Conclusion 
Decision: 5 votes for Valley Forge CC, 4 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Article 3, Section 2, Paragraph 1: Case or Controversy Requirement

The Court held that Americans United for Separation of Church and State did not have standing to sue. Justice Rehnquist argued that the group did not pass the first prong of the Court's test for taxpayer standing. Since the source of the group's complaint was not a congressional statute but the decision of a government agency to dispose of a parcel of property, and because the transaction did not involve the taxing and spending power, the group had no standing to sue.

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VALLEY FORGE CC v. AMERICANS UNITED. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 26 July 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1981/1981_80_327/>.
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