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Muller v. Oregon

Significance, A Clash Of Ideas, With Friends Like These . . ., The Aftermath, Further Readings


Curt Muller


State of Oregon

Appellant's Claim

That Oregon's 1903 maximum hours law for women is unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

William D. Fenton, Henry H. Gilfry

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

H. B. Adams, Louis Brandeis

Justices for the Court

David Josiah Brewer (writing for the Court), William Rufus Day, Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan I, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, William Henry Moody, Rufus Wheeler Peckham, Edward Douglass White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 February 1908


That Oregon's maximum hour law for women was constitutional because females are a "special class" in need of protection.

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  • West Coast Hotel v. Parrish, 300 U.S. 379 (1937).
  • United States v. Darby, 312 U.S. 100 (1941).

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