Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff

PETITIONER:Hawaii Housing Authority
LOCATION: Hawaii Public Housing Authority

DOCKET NO.: 83-141
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1981-1986)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

CITATION: 467 US 229 (1984)
ARGUED: Mar 26, 1984
DECIDED: May 30, 1984

Clinton R. Ashford – Argued the cause for the appellees
Laurence H. Tribe – Argued the cause for the appellants

Facts of the case

In 1960 the Hawaii government was faced that the government had the ownership of 49 percent and 72 private proprietors had the ownership of 47 percent of the land from the general state territory. In 1967 because of such division and monopoly that reduced the price of the farmland and affected negatively on the economic situation in the region, the legislative authority implemented the Land Reform Act with the purpose to transfer some land from the private landowners to other private lessees.