Economic Definition of Commonwealth versus Hunt. Defined.
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Term Commonwealth versus Hunt Definition: A notable court case, decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1842, that declared labor unions were not illegal, which had been the existing interpretation of the law up to that time. This court case paved the way for the U.S. labor union movement, which continued in force for the next 100 years. While this case established the legality of a labor union, union activities (such as strikes) were not necessarily legal. This was much like making it legal to own a gun, but not legal to shot someone.