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Prepare briefs in your own words for the following cases:

1) Slaughterhouse cases
2) Lochner v. New York
3) Nebbia v. New York
4) Ferguson v. Skrupa

After each brief, concisely discuss the importance of each case and the evolution of the case law over the 90-year span of these decisions. Within your discussion, include all dissenting and concurring opinions.

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1) Slaughterhouse cases

The first interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment was the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Slaughter-House cases, 83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 36, 21 L. Ed. 394 (1873). Only the rights of national citizenship from the actions of the state government were to be interpreted under the privileges and immunities clause. This was significant because the decision quintessentially robbed any real constitutional significance for the Privileges and Immunities Clause. The case was the culmination of three lawsuits filed by Louisiana meat-packing companies. The companies were challenging a Louisiana state law wherein the state of Louisiana gave exclusive rights to one company in regard to slaughtering livestock in New Orleans.

The majority opinion ruled that no national citizenship right was at stake while the dissenting judges determined that a miscarriage of justice in regard to how the Fourteenth Amendment was ...

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Fiege v. Boehm
Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1956
210 Md. 352, 123 A.2d 316
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