Edelman v. Jordan Case Brief

Facts of the Case

Under the federal-state programs of Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD) Illinois public aid officials administered the benefits pursuant to their own regulations, which, as to the applicable time requirements, were less favorable to the recipients than the federal regulations in. John Jordan, respondent, filed a class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the Illinois officials. He alleged that the state officials administered the AABD program in a manner inconsistent with the pertinent federal regulations and with the. The District Court declared the Illinois regulations to be invalid insofar as they were inconsistent with the federal regulations and granted a permanent injunction requiring compliance with the federal time limits for processing and paying AABD applicants. The District Court also ordered the state officials to remit AABD benefits wrongfully withheld to all eligible applicants in Illinois who applied between the date of the federal regulations and the date of the preliminary injunction issued by the District Court. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting the contention of the Illinois officials that thebarred the award of retroactive benefits.





Case Information

Citation: 415 US 651 (1974)
Argued: Dec 12, 1973
Decided: Mar 25, 1974
Case Brief: 1974