Hunt v. Washington State Apple Advertising Commission

PETITIONER: Hunt
RESPONDENT: Washington State Apple Advertising Commission
LOCATION: North Carolina Board of Agriculture

DOCKET NO.: 76-63
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 432 US 333 (1977)
ARGUED: Feb 22, 1977
DECIDED: Jun 20, 1977

ADVOCATES:
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."

Question

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 Oral Argument - February 22, 1977 in 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.