Hughes v. Alexandria Scrap Corporation

PETITIONER: Hughes
RESPONDENT: Alexandria Scrap Corporation
LOCATION: Approximate site of car accident

DOCKET NO.: 74-1607
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 426 US 794 (1976)
ARGUED: Jan 21, 1976
DECIDED: Jun 24, 1976

ADVOCATES:
Henry R. Lord - for appellants
Norman P. Ramsey - for appellee

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - January 21, 1976 in Hughes v. Alexandria Scrap Corporation

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 24, 1976 in Hughes v. Alexandria Scrap Corporation

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the court in number 74-1607 Hughes the Secretary of Transportation of Maryland against the Alexandria Scrap Corporation will be announced by Mr. Justice Powell.

Lewis F. Powell, Jr.:

This case is here on appeal from the United States District Court to the District of Maryland.

The appellee owns a scrap metal processing plant in Alexandria, Virginia.

In 1917 Maryland adopted a program to clear its landscape, have abandon automobile hulks.

The state pay its vendors for the delivery of the hulks to processors.

Appellee, though located in Virginia, participated in the boundary program.

The Maryland legislature amended the program in 1974, making it virtually impossible for out of state processors to continue to participate.

Appellee brought this suit, alleging that the 1974 Amendment violated the commerce clause and the equal protect clause of the constitution.

The District Court agreed with appellee and invalidated the amendment.

We conclude for the reasons stated in an opinion filed today that the amendment neither burdened in the state commerce nor denied appellee equal protection of the laws.

Accordingly we reverse the judgment of the District Court.

Mr. Justice Stevens filed a concurring opinion, Mr. Justice Brennan filed a dissenting opinion in which Mr. Justice White, and Mr. Justice Marshall joined.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you Mr. Justice Powell.