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Hadacheck v. Sebastian

Supreme Court of the United States
239 U.S. 394 (1915)


Hadacheck (plaintiff) owned a tract of land which included a very valuable bed of clay. He purchased the land when it was well outside the city limits and because he knew the value of the clay. He built up extensive machinery and infrastructure on the land for purposes of making fine quality bricks using the clay on the land. So valuable was the clay that the land was worth as much as $800,000 when used for commercial purposes, but less than $60,000 for residential purposes. At some point, the City of Los Angeles enlarged its borders to encompass Hadacheck’s property, and Los Angeles enacted an ordinance prohibiting the manufacture or burning of brick within the city limits. Hadacheck was cited for a misdemeanor for violating this ordinance. Hadacheck filed suit against Sebastian (defendant), the Chief of Police of the City of Los Angeles, challenging the validity of the ordinance under which he was charged. The trial court upheld the ordinance, and the California Supreme Court affirmed. Hadacheck petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus before the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (McKenna, J.)

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