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Horne v. Department of Agriculture

United States Supreme Court
135 S. Ct. 2419 (2015)


Facts

Pursuant to an order of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (defendant), the federal government required that a portion of raisin farmers’ raisin crops be set aside for government use. The government then sold the raisins where appropriate to promote and maintain a healthy raisin market. The government kept the proceeds of these sales. The Hornes (plaintiffs) were raisin growers subject to the USDA order. In 2002, the Hornes refused to give any raisins to the government. The Hornes were fined for their refusal. The Hornes brought suit, claiming that the USDA order constituted an unconstitutional taking of property under the Fifth Amendment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the raisin-reserve requirement was not a taking. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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