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Blue laws

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Thornton v. Caldor, Inc., 472 U.S. 703 (1985)
Arlan’s Dept. Store v. Kentucky (Justice Douglas’ dissent) 371 U.S. 218 (1962)
Gallagher v. Crown Kosher Market, 366 U.S. 617 (1961)
Braunfeld v. Brown, 366 U.S. 599 (1961)
Two Guys v. McGinley, 366 U.S. 582 (1961)
McGowan v. Maryland, 366 U.S. 420 (1961)

Granzeier v. Middleton, 173 F.3d 568 (6th Circuit) (1999)
Koenick v. Felton, 190 F.3d 259 (4th Circuit) (1999)
Harris County, Texas v. CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc., 177 F.3d 306 (5th Circuit) (1999)
Metzl v. Leininger, 57 F.3d 618 (7th Circuit) (1994)
Cammack v. Waihee, 932 F.2d 765 (9th Circuit) (1991)
Malibu Auto Parts v. Virginia, 218 Virginia 467 (Va. 1977)
New York v. Abrahams, 386 N.Y.S.2d 661 (N.Y. 1976)
Genesco, Inc. v. J.C. Penney Co., 313 So.2d 20 (Miss. 1975)
Minnesota v. Target Stores, Inc., 156 N.W.2d 908 (Minn. 1968)
City of Ashland v. Heck's, Inc., 407 S.W.2d 421 (Ky. App. 1966)
Henderson v. Antonacci, 62 So.2d 5 (Fla. 1952)

Laband, David N., and Heinbuch, Deborah Hendry, Blue Laws: The History, Economics and Politics of Sunday-Closing Laws. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1987

Brookman, Justin, “Constitutionality of the Good Friday Holiday,” New York University Law Review, April 1998
King, Andrew, “Sunday Law in the Nineteenth Century” Albany Law Review, 2000
Thompson, Charles, “Shoppers no longer ‘Blue’ on Sundays; Only auto dealers appreciate the day off,” The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 15, 2002
“Blue Laws may dry up: Albany considers proposal to allow Sunday liquor sale,” New York Daily News, Dec. 5, 2002

Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development Web site about Massachusetts blue laws
American Atheists editorial about blue laws
Louisiana newspaper story about blue laws

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