The Fuller Court (1888–1910)


In what decision did the Fuller Court find a Fourteenth Amendment right to make contracts?

The Fuller Court unanimously ruled 9–0 in Allgeyer v. Louisiana (1897) that a state law prohibiting its residents from entering into insurance contracts with out-of-state companies was unconstitutional. The Court reasoned that such a restriction infringed on individuals’ rights to enter into contracts without governmental infringement. The decision’s elevation of the right to enter into contracts into the Fourteenth Amendment served as a key precedent when the Court began to strike down other state statutes as violative of the liberty of contract.


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