Matthew Addy Co. v. United States
264 U.S. 239 (1924)

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Matthew Addy Co. v. United States, 264 U.S. 239 (1924)

Matthew Addy Co. v. United States

Nos. 84 and 85

Argued October 17, 18, 1923

Decided February 25, 1924

264 U.S. 239


1. In a prosecution for violation of an order of the President fixing prices of coal, under the Lever Act (August 10, 1917, c. 53, § 25, 40 Stat. 276), the order must be construed, as criminal statutes are, strictly, and without retroactive effect unless clearly indicated. P. 264 U. S. 244.

2. A construction which raises a grave constitutional question should be avoided. P. 264 U. S. 245.

3. Quaere whether Congress, when enacting the Lever Act, could constitutionally have fixed prices at which persons then owning coal might sell it without providing compensation for losses? Id.

4. The President's Order of August 23, 1917, limiting jobbers to a gross margin of 15

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