Hobbs Act

The Hobbs Act 18 U.S. Code § 1951, passed in 1946, is a federal law that prohibits robbery or extortion, or attempted robbery or extortion, that affects interstate or foreign commerce. The Act originally was designed to target racketeering in labor-management disputes that were common at the time. Today, the Hobbs Act is more commonly used in cases alleging public corruption and commercial disputes, although it still applies to union corruption.