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Levy v. Louisiana
United States Supreme Court
391 U.S. 68 (1968)
Five children (plaintiffs) lived with their mother, who worked to support them and pay for their education. The mother was unmarried, and the children were considered illegitimate. The mother died, and the children sued the doctor (defendant) who treated her and an insurance company. The children alleged claims for wrongful death and for the pain and suffering of their mother. The trial court dismissed the claims, ruling that such claims could only be brought by children of married parents. The state appellate courts affirmed, and the children petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)
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