United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation

PETITIONER: United States
RESPONDENT: Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation
LOCATION: Curtiss-Wright Export Corporate Headquarters

DECIDED BY: Hughes Court (1932-1937)
LOWER COURT: Federal district court

ARGUED: Nov 19, 1936 / Nov 20, 1936
DECIDED: Dec 21, 1936

George Z. Medalie - for the United States
Martin Conboy - for the United States
William Wallace, Jr. - for the appellees

Facts of the case

Curtiss-Wright was charged with conspiring to sell fifteen machine guns to Bolivia, which was engaged in an armed conflict in the Chaco. This violated a Joint Resolution of Congress and a proclamation issued by President Roosevelt.


Did Congress in its Joint Resolution unconstitutionally delegate legislative power to the President?