The court determined that if the premises become uninhabitable, the tenant is freed from their obligation to pay rent. SCOTUS affirmed.
The Court held that the landlord’s right to terminate a month-to-month tenancy “for any reason or no reason at all” did not include the “right” to terminate because the tenant complained of housing code violations.
The government cannot exclude households from receiving food stamps based on whether they include a person who is unrelated to any other member of the household.
Food Stamp Act violates due process because a standard is not a rational measure of need and the administration of the Act allows no hearing to show that the standard is irrelevant to the need of the household.
Where the element of unconscionability is present at the time a contract is made, the contract should not be enforced. The case is remanded to the lower court to determine whether the contract was unconscionable.
Absent a compelling state interest, state laws that impose residency requirements to obtain welfare assistance violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment. Such laws also violate the constitutional right to travel by inhibiting migration by needy persons into the state.
Downloadable URL (mp4 file): https://mediapilot.georgetown.edu/ssdcms/i.do?u=6a0f933ec1524fc (698 MB) Biographical Note Gary Bellow was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1935. He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1957 and from Harvard Law School in 1960. He received a Ford Foundation fellowship in criminal law and spent a year at Northwestern University Law School, which had just … Read more
Downloadable URL (mp4 file): https://mediapilot.georgetown.edu/ssdcms/i.do?u=8e819e542a254f2 Related collection: The Edgar and Jean Cahn Papers, https://repository.library.georgetown.edu/handle/10822/708805 Bio note Edgar Cahn earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1956, and his M.A. and PhD in English literature from Yale University in 1960. While at Swarthmore, he met Jean Camper, the daughter of Dr. John E. T. Camper, a … Read more
Bio note Peter B. Edelman Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches … Read more