Hagans v. Lavine

LOCATION: Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters

DOCKET NO.: 72-6476
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

CITATION: 415 US 528 (1974)
ARGUED: Dec 11, 1973
DECIDED: Mar 25, 1974

Carl Jay Nathanson - for petitioners
Michael Colodner - for respondents

Facts of the case


Media for Hagans v. Lavine

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - December 11, 1973 in Hagans v. Lavine

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - March 25, 1974 in Hagans v. Lavine

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Mr. Justice Powell.

The disposition of number 72-6476, Hagan against Lavine will be announced by Mr. Justice White.

Byron R. White:

This case comes to here from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The petitioner has brought this case, challenging certain New York State welfare regulations on the grounds that the regulations violated Equal Protection Clause and were also inconsistent with the Social Security Act and various implementing regulations.

They ask for a declaratory judgment and an injunction.

A single district judge did not pass on the constitutional claim, but did sustain the supremacy clause claim, that is the claim that the regulations were in conflict with federal law.

The Court Appeals reversed, holding that the constitutional claim was not substantial and that therefore the district court had no jurisdiction whatsoever over either the constitutional claim or the statutory conflict claim.

We granted the petition for cert and we now reverse the Court of Appeals.

We hold that the constitutional claim was sufficient to support the jurisdiction of the District Court and that it was proper for the single district judge to proceed, to consider the so called statutory claim.

Accordingly the judgment the Court of Appeals is reversed.

Mr. Justice Powell has filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Mr. Justice Rehnquist and Mr. Justice Rehnquist has filed the dissenting opinion joined by the Chief Justice and Mr. Justice Powell.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Mr. Justice White.