United States v. Darby

PETITIONER: United States
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

ADVOCATES:
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.

Question

Was the act a legitimate exercise of Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce?