Levy v. Louisiana
Significance, The Levy Family, An Important Reversal: Illegitimate Children As Persons, An Important Reversal
Adolph J. Levy
State of Louisiana
That a Louisiana law denying illegitimate children the right to recover damages for their mother's wrongful death violates the constitutional guarantee of Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
William A. Porteous III
Justices for the Court
William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Abe Fortas, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Hugo Lafayette Black, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart
Date of Decision
20 May 1968
The Court ruled in favor of Levy and overturned two lower court decisions by finding that he has the right to claim for wrongful death damages.
- Glona v. American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co., 391 U.S. 68 (1968).
- Labine v. Vincent, 401 U.S. 532 (1971).
- Weber v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., 406 U.S. 164 (1972).
- Mathews v. Lucas, 427 U.S. 495 (1976).
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