Federal Trade Commission v. Texaco, Inc.
381 U.S. 739 (1965)

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Federal Trade Commission v. Texaco, Inc., 381 U.S. 739 (1965)

Federal Trade Commission v. Texaco, Inc.

No. 635

Decided June 7, 1965

381 U.S. 739

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES

COURT OF APPEALS FOR TE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT

Syllabus

The Court of Appeals set aside a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cease and desist order on the grounds that the FTC Chairman was disqualified for prejudging the case and the order was not supported by substantial evidence, and remanded it to the FTC with instructions to dismiss in view of the long delays. No review of the Chairman's disqualification was sought. The judgment is remanded with instructions to remand immediately to the FTC or further proceedings, without participation of the Chairman, in light of Atlantic Refining Co. v. Federal Trade Commission, ante, p. 381 U. S. 357.

Certiorari granted; 118 U.S.App.D.C. 366, 336 F. 2d 754, vacated and remanded.

PER CURIAM.

In this case, the Federal Trade Commission entered a cease and desist order prohibiting Texaco, Inc., and the B. F. Goodrich Company from participating in any sales commission program for the distribution of tires, batteries and accessories. The Court of Appeals set the order aside and remanded to the Commission with instructions to dismiss the complaint. The court held, first, that Chairman Dixon was disqualified from participating in the decision

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because he had indicated in a speech made while the case was pending that he had prejudged it. The majority of the court held, further, that the Commission's order was not supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Although it recognized that, under these circumstances, a remand would ordinarily be called for, the court concluded that, because of the delays that had existed throughout the litigation the complaint should be dismissed.

The United States does not seek review of the ruling that Chairman Dixon was disqualified from participating in this case. We therefore venture no opinion as to the correctness of that conclusion. The petition for writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to remand it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission for further proceedings, without the participation of Chairman Dixon, in light of Atlantic Refining Co. v. Federal Trade Comm'n,381 U. S. 357 (1965). The judgment shall issue forthwith.

Vacated and remanded.

MR. JUSTICE GOLDBERG would vacate the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand the case for reconsideration by the Federal Trade Commission, without the participation of Chairman Dixon, in accordance with the views expressed in MR. JUSTICE GOLDBERG's dissenting opinion in Atlantic Refining Co. v. Federal Trade Comm'n, 381 U.S. at 381 U. S. 382.

MR. JUSTICE HARLAN and MR. JUSTICE STEWART would affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the reasons stated in MR. JUSTICE STEWART's dissenting opinion in Atlantic Refining Co. v. Federal Trade Comm'n, 381 U.S. 381 U. S. 377.

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