Coppage v. Kansas
Significance, Employers' Rights Upheld, Dissent Over "freedom Of Contract", Impact, Yellow-dog Contracts
T. B. Coppage
State of Kansas
Kansas statute prohibiting "yellow dog contracts" did not violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
R. R. Vermilon, W. F. Evans
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
John S. Dawson, Attorney General of Kansas; J. I. Sheppard
Justices for the Court
Joseph Rucker Lamar, Joseph McKenna, James Clark McReynolds, Mahlon Pitney (writing for the Court), Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White
William Rufus Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Evans Hughes
Date of Decision
25 January 1915
The Kansas statute, which outlawed yellow dog contracts, was an invalid and repressive infringement of an employer's right to engage in "freedom of contract" under the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Frisbie v. United States, 157 U.S. 160 (1895).
- Holden v. Hardy, 169 U.S. 366 (1898).
- Adair v. United States, 208 U.S. 161 (1908).
- Chicago, B. & Q. R. Co. v. McGuire, 219 U.S. 549 (1911).
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