Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
U.S. Department of Agriculture v. Moreno
The Food Stamp Act of 1964 (Act) was established to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among the more needy segments of society. Eligibility was determined on a household rather than individual basis. The household pays for stamps to provide an adequate diet at a reduced rate based upon its size and cumulative income. The Government redeems the stamps at face value from stores, thereby paying the difference. The Act initially defined household as group of related or non-related individuals, who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but living as one economic unit sharing common cooking facilities for whom food is customarily purchased in common. In 1971 Congress redefined the term household to include only related individuals. The Secretary of Agriculture subsequently promulgated regulations rendering households whose members are not all related ineligible. Appellees consist of several groups of individuals who allege that they have been excluded solely because the persons in each group are not all related to each other. The appellees instituted a class action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the enforcement of the amendment to the Act and its implementing regulations. They contend, and the District Court held, that the provision creates an irrational classification in violation of the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Only StudyBuddy Pro offers the complete Case Brief Anatomy*
Access the most important case brief elements for optimal case understanding.
*Case Brief Anatomy includes: Brief Prologue, Complete Case Brief, Brief Epilogue
- The Brief Prologue provides necessary case brief introductory information and includes:
Topic:Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
Parties:Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
Procedural Posture & History:Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
Case Key Terms, Acts, Doctrines, etc.:A case specific Legal Term Dictionary.
Case Doctrines, Acts, Statutes, Amendments and Treatises:Identifies and Defines Legal Authority used in this case.
- The Case Brief is the complete case summarized and authored in the traditional Law School I.R.A.C. format. The Pro case brief includes:
Brief Facts:A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
Rule of Law:Identifies the Legal Principle the Court used in deciding the case.
Facts:What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case.
Issue(s):Lists the Questions of Law that are raised by the Facts of the case.
Holding:Shares the Court's answer to the legal questions raised in the issue.
Concurring / Dissenting Opinions:Includes valuable concurring or dissenting opinions and their key points.
Reasoning and Analysis:Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.