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'Lochner v. N.Y.' Assailed by Court of Appeals, After 116 Years
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Cover picture for the articleLochner, in 1905, struck down a New York law that sought to regulate the number of hours a baker could be permitted to work per week. It must be remembered that what became known as the Lochner era was truly the high-water mark of New York’s jurisprudence and political power. New York was the largest state in population and in economic power. The Court of Appeals was the second most important court in the land. Chief Judge Alton B. Parker, who wrote the Court of Appeals decision, and Associate Justice Rufus Peckhan, who wrote the Supreme Court decision, knew each other, having both served on the N.Y. Court of Appeals.