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Executive Order 9842—Conduct of Certain Litigation Arising Under Wartime Legislation

April 23, 1947

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statues, including Title I of the First War Powers Act, 1941, and as President of the United States, and having regard to the established responsibilities and powers of the Department of Justice and of the Attorney General under the statutes of the United States, it is hereby ordered, in the interest of the internal management of the Government, as follows:

1. The Attorney General is authorized and directed, in the name of the United States or otherwise permitted by law, to coordinate, conduct, initiate, maintain or defend:

(a) Litigation before the Emergency Court of Appeals for and on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, respectively;

(b) Litigation against violators of regulations, schedules or orders relating to maximum prices pertaining to any commodity which has been removed from price control;

(c) Litigation arising out of Directive 41, as amended, of the Office of Economic Stabilization pertaining to the withholding of subsidies because of noncompliance with or violations of control orders.

2. Nothing herein shall be deemed to restrict or limit the powers conferred upon the Attorney General by law with respect to the conduct, settlement, disposition or review of litigation.

3. The functions and duties of the Attorney General under this order shall be performed by him, or subject to his direction and control, by such officers or agencies of the Department of Justice as he may designate, and there shall be made available to the Attorney General, pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 9784 of September 25, 1946, any files or records pertinent to the subject matter hereof.

4. This order shall become effective June 1, 1947.



April 23, 1947

Harry S Truman, Executive Order 9842—Conduct of Certain Litigation Arising Under Wartime Legislation Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/278940

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