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Myers v. Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.

United States Supreme Court
303 U.S. 41 (1938)


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (defendant) filed a complaint against Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation (Bethlehem) (plaintiff). The NLRB scheduled an administrative hearing at which Bethlehem could defend against the allegations. Bethlehem filed a bill in equity in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Bethlehem sought to enjoin the NLRB from holding the hearing. Bethlehem claimed that it was not engaged in interstate commerce and thus the NLRB did not have jurisdiction to bring the complaint. The National Labor Relations Act vested the NLRB with authority over labor relations affecting interstate commerce. The act vested in courts of appeals appellate jurisdiction over NLRB decisions. The district court granted Bethlehem a preliminary injunction. The court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brandeis, J.)

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