A.B. Small Co. v. American Sugar Refining Co – Case Brief Summary (U.S. Supreme Court)

A.B. Small Co. v. American Sugar Refining Co - Case Brief Summary (U.S. Supreme Court)

In A.B. Small Co. v. American Sugar Refining Co., 267 U.S. 233, 45 S.Ct. 295, 69 L.Ed. 589 (1925), the Supreme Court stated the rationale for applying vagueness analysis to non-penal regulation:

It was not the criminal penalty that was held invalid, but the exaction of obedience to a rule or standard so vague and indefinite as really to be no standard at all. Any other means of exaction, such as declaring the transaction unlawful or stripping a participant of his rights under it, was equally within the principle of those cases. (Id. at 239, 45 S.Ct. at 297.)