List of United States Supreme Court Cases - 1950–1959


Case name Citation Summary
Mullane v. Central Hanover Bank & Trust Co. 339 U.S. 306 (1950) proper legal notice in the settlement of a trust
Graver Tank & Manufacturing Co. v. Linde Air Products Co. 339 U.S. 605 (1950) patent law, doctrine of equivalents
Sweatt v. Painter 339 U.S. 629 (1950) segregation, separate but equal
McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents 339 U.S. 637 (1950) Fourteenth Amendment, segregation
Johnson v. Eisenträger 339 U.S. 763 (1950) jurisdiction of U.S. civilian courts over nonresident enemy aliens; habeas corpus
Henderson v. United States 339 U.S. 816 (1950) ending segregation in railroad dining cars
Feres v. United States 340 U.S. 135 (1950) Military exception to government liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act
Kiefer-Stewart Co. v. Seagram & Sons, Inc. 340 U.S. 211 (1951) agreement among competitors in interstate commerce to fix maximum resale prices of their products violates the Sherman Act
Kunz v. New York 340 U.S. 290 (1951) free speech restrictions must be "narrowly tailored"
Feiner v. New York 340 U.S. 315 (1951) Free speech v. public safety--decided same day as Kunz v. New York
Dean Milk Co. v. City of Madison, Wisconsin 340 U.S. 349 (1951) Dormant Commerce Clause
Universal Camera Corp. v. NLRB 340 U.S. 474 (1951) judicial review of agency decisions
Canton Railroad Company v. Rogan 340 U.S. 511 (1951) Maryland's franchise tax on imported and exported goods held not to violate the Import-Export Clause of the United States Constitution
Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath 341 U.S. 123 (1951) freedom of association
Dennis v. United States 341 U.S. 494 (1951) First Amendment and the Smith Act
Stack v. Boyle 342 U.S. 1 (1951) defines excessive bail
Rochin v. California 342 U.S. 165 (1952) restriction of police power
Morissette v. United States 342 U.S. 246 (1952) strict liability offenses
Dice v. Akron, Canton & Youngstown R. Co. 342 U.S. 359 (1952) reverse Erie doctrine, federal standard binding on state court
Perkins v. Benguet Mining Co. 342 U.S. 437 (1952) general personal jurisdiction over a business that was temporarily based in the court's jurisdiction
Frisbie v. Collins 342 U.S. 519 (1952) kidnapping of fugitives by state officials is constitutional
Ray v. Blair 343 U.S. 214 (1952) state rights in the electoral college
Beauharnais v. Illinois 343 U.S. 250 (1952) First Amendment and "group libel"
Zorach v. Clauson 343 U.S. 306 (1952) release time programs
Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia v. Pollak 343 U.S. 451 (1952) First and Fifth Amendment and street car playing music
Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson 343 U.S. 495 (1952) First Amendment and the censorship of films
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer 343 U.S. 579 (1952) presidential power to seize steel mills during strike to ensure wartime production
Kawakita v. United States 343 U.S. 717 (1952) treason accusation against a person with dual citizenship.
Arrowsmith v. Commissioner 344 U.S. 6 (1952) Taxpayers classified a payment as an ordinary business loss, which would allow them to take a greater deduction for the loss than would be permitted for a capital loss
United States v. Reynolds 345 U.S. 1 (1953) State secrets privilege
Fowler v. Rhode Island 345 U.S. 67 (1953) ordinance construed to penalize a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses for preaching at a peaceful religious meeting in a public park unconstitutional
Poulos v. New Hampshire 345 U.S. 395 (1953) religious meetings and the Free Exercise Clause
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ralston Purina Co. 346 U.S. 119 (1953) a corporation offering "key employees" stock shares is still subject to Section 4(1) of the Securities Act of 1933
Beginning of active duty of Chief Justice Earl Warren, October 5, 1953
Toolson v. New York Yankees 346 U.S. 356 (1953) baseball antitrust exemption upheld
Wilko v. Swan 346 U.S. 427 (1953) Claims under Securities Act of 1933 not arbitrable
Miller Brothers Co. v. Maryland 347 U.S. 340 (1954) use tax imposed by one state against merchant in another state violated Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka 347 U.S. 483 (1954) segregation, "separate ... inherently unequal"
Hernandez v. Texas 347 U.S. 475 (1954) application of the Fourteenth Amendment to Mexican Americans
Bolling v. Sharpe 347 U.S. 497 (1954) segregation in the District of Columbia
United States v. Harriss 347 U.S. 612 (1954) constitutionality of The Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act of 1946
Berman v. Parker 348 U.S. 26 (1954) eminent domain, takings
United States v. International Boxing Club of New York 348 U.S. 236 (1955) boxing not exempt from antitrust regulation
Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States 348 U.S. 272 (1955) Federal government did not owe Indian tribe compensation for timber taken from tribal-occupied lands in Alaska under the 5th Amendment
Commissioner v. Glenshaw Glass Co. 348 U.S. 426 (1955) definition of taxable income
Williamson v. Lee Optical Co. 348 U.S. 483 (1955) Due Process Clause, economic liberties
Corn Products Refining Co. v. Commissioner 350 U.S. 46 (1955) Hedging futures gains are ordinary if on raw materials
United Gas Pipe Line Co. v. Mobile Gas Service Corp. 350 U.S. 332 (1956) contracts under the Natural Gas Act of 1938
Federal Power Commission v. Sierra Pacific Power Co. 350 U.S. 348 (1956) contracts under the Federal Power Act
Griffin v. Illinois 351 U.S. 12 (1956) access to court transcript for indigent appeals
Radovich v. National Football League 352 U.S. 445 (1957) professional football covered by antitrust laws
Reid v. Covert 354 U.S. 1 (1957) treaty power, right to jury trial
Watkins v. United States 354 U.S. 178 (1957) rights of a witness in refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee
Yates v. United States 354 U.S. 298 (1957) free speech, distinction between expression of opinion and advocacy of action
Roth v. United States 354 U.S. 476 (1957) obscenity
Conley v. Gibson 355 U.S. 41 (1957) liberal pleading standards under Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
McGee v. International Life Insurance Co. 355 U.S. 220 (1957) California did not violate the Due Process Clause when entering a binding judgment on a Texas corporation with "substantial connection" to California
Lambert v. California 355 U.S. 225 (1957) mens rea and ignorance of the law
One, Inc. v. Olesen 355 U.S. 371 (1958) pro-homosexual writings and the Comstock laws
Perez v. Brownell 356 U.S. 44 (1958) revocation of citizenship for voting in a foreign election
Trop v. Dulles 356 U.S. 86 (1958) Eighth Amendment, loss of citizenship
Sherman v. United States 356 U.S. 369 (1958) Entrapment provisions apply to actions of government informers as well as agents
Byrd v. Blue Ridge Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. 356 U.S. 525 (1958) application of the Erie doctrine
Kent v. Dulles 357 U.S. 116 (1958) right to travel, power of Secretary of State
Societe Internationale v. Rogers 357 U.S. 197 (1958) appropriateness of involuntary dismissal of a case in which petitioner failed to produce records of a Swiss bank account
NAACP v. Alabama 357 U.S. 449 (1958) freedom of association, privacy of membership lists
Speiser v. Randall 357 U.S. 513 (1958) loyalty oaths
Cooper v. Aaron 358 U.S. 1 (1958) enforcement of desegregation, "massive resistance"
United Gas Pipe Line Co. v. Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division 358 U.S. 103 (1958) contracts under the Natural Gas Act of 1938
Cammarano v. United States 358 U.S. 498 (1959) business expenses incurred for the "promotion or defeat of legislation" are not tax deductible
Bartkus v. Illinois 359 U.S. 121 (1959) "separate sovereigns" exception to double jeopardy; federal and state officials may cooperate in criminal investigations
Frank v. Maryland 359 U.S. 360 (1959) warrantless administrative searches are permissible under the Fourth Amendment
Beacon Theatres v. Westover 359 U.S. 500 (1959) right to civil jury trial under the Seventh Amendment, determination of legal & equitable issues
Louisiana Power & Light Co. v. City of Thibodaux 360 U.S. 25 (1959) Abstention doctrine
Barenblatt v. United States 360 U.S. 109 (1959) upholding conviction for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee against First Amendment challenge
Smith v. California 361 U.S. 147 (1959) sale of obscene books

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