RESPONDENT: F. W. Darby Lumber Company and Fred W. Darby
LOCATION: U.S. Capitol
DOCKET NO.: 82
DECIDED BY: Hughes Court (1941)
LOWER COURT: Federal district court
ARGUED: Dec 19, 1940 / Dec 20, 1940
DECIDED: Feb 03, 1941
Archibald B. Lovett - for the appellees
Francis B. Biddle - Solicitor General, Department of Justice, for the appellant
Facts of the case
In 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act to regulate many aspects of employment including minimum wages, maximum weekly hours, and child labor. Corporations which engaged in interstate commerce or produced goods which were sold in other states were punished for violating the statute.
Was the act a legitimate exercise of Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce?