No. 2002-CA-0991.

825 So.2d 1098 (2002)

NEW ORLEANS CAMPAIGN FOR A LIVING WAGE, Jean Matthews and Philomenia Johnson v. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, Marc Morial, Mayor, The Council of the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. The Small Business Coalition to Save Jobs, The Louisiana Restaurant Association and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, v. The City of New Orleans.

Supreme Court of Louisiana.

September 4, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stefanie J. Allweiss, Edward F. Harold, New Orleans, Horace A. Thompson, III, for Applicant.

Richard P. Ieyoub, Attorney General, Angie R. LaPlace, Baton Rouge, William P. Quigley, New Orleans, Elaine R. Jones, Louis L. Robein, Jr., Metairie, Robert Stroup, Mavis S. Early, Evelyn F. Pugh, Charles M. Delbaum, Mark A. Moreau, Rowena T. Jones, New Orleans, for Respondent.

H. Mark Adams, New Orleans, Clyde H. Jacob, III, Joshua A. Ulman, Robin S. Conrad, Stephen A. Bokat, Tilden R. Reid, III, for Amicus Curiae United States Chamber of Commerce.

H. Mark Adams, New Orleans, Clyde H. Jacob, III, Tilden R. Reid, II, for Amicus Curiae New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Greater Baton Rouge, Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce.

Gerald J. Huffman, Jr., David M. Whitaker, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Sydran Food Services, II.

Margaret Diamond, Eliska M. Plunkett, New Orleans, Ernst F. Preis, Jr., for Amicus Curiae Greater New Orleans Hotel Motel Association.

Audrey N. Browne, Horace A. Thompson, III, Harry A. Rosenberg, Christopher K. Ralston, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Louisiana Association of Business.

David H. Williams, New Orleans, for Amicus Curiae Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

KIMBALL, Justice.

These consolidated cases are before the court on direct appeal from a judgment of the district court declaring unconstitutional La. R.S. 23:642, which prohibits a local governmental subdivision from establishing a minimum wage which a private employer would be required to pay employees. At the same time, the district court upheld the validity of Ordinance No. 20376, an amendment to the home rule charter of the City of New Orleans that establishes...


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