Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 17,300+ case briefs...

Nash v. United States

United States Supreme Court
229 U.S. 373 (1913)


The American Naval Stores Company (defendant), a West Virginia corporation, sold and shipped spirits of turpentine between states and foreign nations. The National Transportation and Terminal Company (defendant), a New Jersey corporation, operated warehouses for storing spirits of turpentine, as well as naval stores in various locations for selling the spirits. The two corporations, through members of management that included Nash (defendant), allegedly conspired to inhibit trade in spirits of turpentine through fraudulent conduct and actions intended to force competitors out of the market. The defendants were indicted for two violations of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7: (1) conspiracy to monopolize trade and (2) conspiracy in restraint of trade. The defendants demurred to the charges on the ground that the criminal provisions of the Sherman Act were too vague to be constitutionally enforceable. The demurrer was overruled, and the defendants appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Holmes, J.)

Dissent (Pitney, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 457,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 457,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 17,300 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial