Logourl black

Hunt, Governor of the State of North Carolina v. Washington State Apple Advertising Commn.

United States Supreme Court
432 U.S. 333 (1977)


In 1972, the North Carolina Board of Agriculture adopted a regulation that required all apples shipped into the state in closed containers to display either the words “USDA grade” on their containers or nothing at all. Washington State growers imposed higher standards than USDA grade for the quality of their apples and opposed the regulation. The Washington State Apple Advertising Commission (plaintiff) challenged the regulation promulgated by Governor Hunt (defendant) as an unreasonable burden to interstate commerce. North Carolina defended its regulation by stating that it was a valid exercise of its state police powers to create uniformity in the apples brought into its markets and to protect its citizens from fraud and deception based on mislabeled apples. The District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that North Carolina’s regulation was invalid, and Hunt appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.


The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Here's why 90,000 law students rely on our case briefs:

  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners not other law students.
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet.
  • 12,195 briefs - keyed to 164 casebooks.
  • Uniform format for every case brief.
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language.
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions.
  • Ability to tag case briefs in an outlining tool.
  • Top-notch customer support.
Start Your Free Trial Now