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Muller v. Oregon

United States Supreme Court
208 U.S. 412 (1908)


Facts

In 1903, the State of Oregon (plaintiff) passed a law that limited the working hours of female employees to no more than ten per day. Curt Muller (defendant), owner of a laundry business, was convicted of violating the statute after he made a female employee work more than ten hours in one day. Muller appealed his conviction to the Oregon Supreme Court, which affirmed. Muller then appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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