United States v. Will

PETITIONER: United States
RESPONDENT: Will
LOCATION: Minnesota State Legislature

DOCKET NO.: 79-983
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 449 US 200 (1980)
ARGUED: Oct 14, 1980
DECIDED: Dec 15, 1980

ADVOCATES:
Kevin M. Forde - Argued the cause for the appellees
Kenneth Steven Geller - Argued the cause for the United States

Facts of the case

Congress enacted legislation in the late 1960s and early 1970s to adjust the compensation of federal employees, including judges, which provided automatic annual pay raises. However, from 1976 to 1979 Congress intervened and blocked cost-of-living increases which were scheduled to occur.

Question

Did the congressional acts between 1976 and 1979 violate the Constitution's Compensation Clause of Article III?

Media for United States v. Will

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 14, 1980 in United States v. Will

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - December 15, 1980 in United States v. Will

Warren E. Burger:

I have the disposition to announce in Number 79-983, United States against Will and 79-1689 United States against Will and for reasons stated in an opinion with the Court filed with the clerk this morning.

The judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is affirmed in part and reversed in part in both cases.

In both cases, we remand to the District Court for further proceedings consistent with the opinion filed this morning.

Justice Blackmun took no part in the decision of these cases.