RESPONDENT:Washington State Apple Advertising Commission
LOCATION:North Carolina Board of Agriculture
DOCKET NO.: 76-63
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
CITATION: 432 US 333 (1977)
ARGUED: Feb 22, 1977
DECIDED: Jun 20, 1977
John R. Jordan, Jr. – Argued the cause for the appellants
Slade Gorton – Argued the cause for the appellee
Facts of the case
In 1972, the North Carolina Board of Agriculture adopted a regulation that required all apples shipped into the state in closed containers to display the USDA grade or nothing at all. Washington State growers(whose standards are higher than the USDA) challenged the regulation as an unreasonable burden to interstate commerce. North Carolina stated it was a valid exercise of its police powers to create “uniformity” to protect its citizenry from “fraud and deception.”
Did the North Carolina regulation violate the Commerce Clause by placing an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce?
Media for Hunt v. Washington State Apple Advertising Commission
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – June 20, 1977 in Hunt v. Washington State Apple Advertising Commission
Warren E. Burger:
In the second case 76-63, Hunt, the Governor of North Carolina against the Washington State Apple Advertising Commission for reasons stated in an opinion of the Court filed this morning.
The judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina was affirmed.
Mr. Justice Rehnquist took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.