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Sidle v. Majors, 536 F.2d 1156, cert. denied, 97 S. Ct. 366 (1976).

Automobile guest statutes, which deny recovery to a nonpaying automobile passenger injured as a result of his host driver's ordinary negligence, have existed at one time or another in twenty-eight states. All guest statutes were enacted between 1927 and 1939, and since their inception have been subject to some praise and much criticism. Since the Supreme Court of California struck down that state's guest statute in Brown v. Merlo, numerous other states have had to decide the fate of their guest statutes as a result of constitutional challenges based on the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. Sidle v. Majors presented for the first time to a United States Court of Appeals an equal protection challenge to a state guest statute.

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