Hecht Co. v. Bowles

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In Hecht Co. v. Bowles, 321 U.S. 321 (1944), the U.S. Supreme Court slightly relaxed the enforcement of the price controls in Sec. 205 (a) of the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942.[1] Justice William O. Douglas, writing for the 8-1 Court, held that an injunction under the Act was not mandatory when the government asserted violations, but was within the discretion of the district court. The district court had exercised its discretion to dismiss an action for violations when the retail store had shown good efforts to comply, but the Court of Appeals reversed and held that an injunction was mandatory. The U.S. Supreme Court then reversed the appellate ruling, and remanded for reconsideration.

Justice Felix Frankfurter concurred, and Justice Owen Roberts wrote that the district court's dismissal of the complaint should be reinstated.


  1. 56 Stat. 23, 50 U. S. C. App. Supp. II, §§ 901, 925.