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Weaver v. Palmer Bros. Co.

United States Supreme Court
270 U.S. 402 (1926)


Facts

The State of Pennsylvania passed the Act of 1923 to regulate the manufacture, sterilization, and sale of bedding. The statute specifically prevented the use of “shoddy,” or scraps of new and second-hand materials, in the manufacturing of new bedding. Palmer Bros. Co. (plaintiff) was a Connecticut-based manufacturer of bedding that was sold in Pennsylvania. The company uses shoddy in a variety of its products. Weaver (defendant), the Pennsylvania official responsible for enforcing the Act, threatened Palmer Bros. Co. with a fine or imprisonment for using shoddy. Palmer Bros. Co. brought suit in federal district court against Weaver to enjoin enforcement of the act on the grounds that the provisions violated Palmer Bros. Co.’s Due Process and Equal Protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court granted the injunction, and Weaver appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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