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Fisher v. City of Berkeley

United States Supreme Court
475 U.S. 260 (1986)


In 1980, the City of Berkeley, California (the city) (defendant), implemented a rent-control ordinance that established a rent ceiling for properties in the city. Under the ordinance, a landlord was required to petition a rent-stabilization board for authorization to raise rents above the rent-ceiling rates established by the ordinance. Landlords who failed to comply were penalized by fines and could be sued by their tenants. Believing the ordinance to violate antitrust law, a group of property owners (plaintiffs) brought a suit to invalidate the rent-control ordinance under § 1 of the Sherman Act. The Supreme Court of California found for the city, and the property owners appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)

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