Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Mellon

PETITIONER: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
RESPONDENT: Mellon
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 24 ORIG
DECIDED BY: Taft Court (1923-1925)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: May 03, 1923 / May 04, 1923
DECIDED: Jun 04, 1923

Facts of the case

In 1921, Congress enacted The Maternity Act. The Act provided grants to states that agreed to establish programs aimed at protecting the health and welfare of infants and mothers. Frothingham brought suit as a Massashusetts taxpayer, claiming the Act would result in "taxation for illegal purposes." This case was decided together with Frothingham v. Mellon.

Question

Did the expenditure of funds under the Maternity Act of 1921 violate the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment?