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Allgeyer v. Louisiana

Significance, The Regulation Of Business, Liberty To Contract, Impact, Rufus Wheeler Peckham, Further Readings


E. Allgeyer & Co.


State of Louisiana

Petitioner's Claim

That states do not have the right to pass legislation that deprives citizens of their Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Branch K. Miller

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

M. J. Cunningham

Justices for the Court

David Josiah Brewer, Henry Billings Brown, William Rufus Day, Melville Weston Fuller, Horace Gray, John Marshall Harlan I, Rufus Wheeler Peckham (writing for the Court), George Shiras, Jr., Edward Douglass White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C

Date of Decision

1 March 1897


Found in favor of Allgeyer and reversed a lower court ruling by finding that due process guarantees protect Allgeyer's right to purchase insurance from Atlantic Mutual of New York.

Related Cases

  • Butchers' Union Co. v. Crescent City Co., 111 U.S. 746 (1884).
  • Hooper v. State of California, 155 U.S. 648 (1895).
  • Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45 (1905).


Webster's American Biographies, Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co., 1974.

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