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Camp v. Pitts

411 U.S. 138 (1973)

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Camp v. Pitts

United States Supreme Court

411 U.S. 138 (1973)

Facts

Pitts (plaintiff) applied for a certificate that would authorize him to open a bank in South Carolina. The Comptroller of the Currency (Camp) (defendant), denied the application, stating that there was no need for a bank in that area. Pitts appealed the case to the district court, which upheld the comptroller’s ruling, finding that although the decision may not have been correct, it was not arbitrary and capricious, the standard that courts use when deciding whether to overturn an agency decision. Pitts appealed to the circuit court, which found that the record produced by the comptroller was not based on a record sufficient to make an arbitrary-and-capricious determination. The circuit court remanded the case to the district court, ordering it to use a de novo standard rather than an arbitrary-and-capricious standard. Pitts appealed to the Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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