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Dandridge v. Williams

United States Supreme Court
397 U.S. 471 (1970)


Facts

Williams (plaintiff) was one of a class of plaintiffs who filed suit in federal court to challenge the validity of a rule imposed by the state of Maryland (defendant) upon distribution of funds to needy families through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. The state placed a maximum limit of $250 on the amount of aid any family could receive. Williams alleged that the cap unfairly discriminated against larger families because they received less assistance per child. The district court invalidated the state rule and the state petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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