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Lochner Era

Definition - What does Lochner Era mean?

The Lochner Era is the period between 1890 to 1937 in which the United States Supreme Court favored a more laissez-faire economic climate and refused to pass a number regulations for the economy.

This era is named after the landmark case Lochner v. New York (1905), in which the Supreme Court declared a statute from New York invalid, which said that bakeries could not make their workers work more than 60 hours a week.

Justipedia explains Lochner Era

The Lochner Era is marked by a habit of the Supreme Court to try to allow employees and employers to reach their own labor contracts that favor both of them.

The Lochner Era came to an end during the Roosevelt administration, when Roosevelt threatened to appoint many new Supreme Court members because the Supreme Court was not supporting New Deal regulations.

The Supreme Court became more labor-regulation-friendly after the eventual conclusion of the Lochner Era.

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