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Millhiser reports: "So far this term, the Supreme Court handed down eight cases where the United States Chamber of Commerce filed a brief - and a majority of the justices sided with the Chamber in all but one of these decisions."

(photo: file)
(photo: file)


SCOTUS Ruled in Favor of the Nation's Top Corporate Interest Group in 7 of 8 Cases This Term

By Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

13 March 14

 

o far this term, the Supreme Court handed down eight cases where the United States Chamber of Commerce filed a brief — and a majority of the justices sided with the Chamber in all but one of these decisions. The one outlier decision was a case involving anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers where the justices votes broke down along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing the majority opinion and Justice Sonia Sotomayor in dissent.

This most recent data is part of an ongoing project by the Constitutional Accountability Center, which scored the Chamber’s “win rate” before the justices going back to 1981. As their data reflects, corporate America got a big boost in the nation’s highest Court shortly after Chief Justice John Roberts (and his conservative colleague Justice Samuel Alito) became justices:

Several Chamber cases remain to be decided this term, including two major environmental cases and an attack on President Obama’s recess appointments power.

CAC’s data also shows a sharp divide between the Court’s conservative bloc and its four more liberal members:

 

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+4 # Sangze 2014-03-13 15:47
Scotus is owned by Wall Street. Obama has made certain that.
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-03-16 02:49
I respectfully disagree. Obama has tried to put liberal judges in every position -- With the exception of Sotomayor and Kagan, nominations have been blocked by corporatist, extremist teapartyrepubli cans.
 
 
+7 # hwmcadoo 2014-03-14 03:03
No surprises here.
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2014-03-14 05:01
Makes sense. Higher speaking fees.
 
 
+6 # TJGeezer 2014-03-14 07:36
The U.S. Corporate Supremes, destroying judicial precedent and government of, by and for the people one decision at a time.
 
 
+1 # ligonlaw 2014-03-14 08:00
The far right wing of the Supreme Court are money groupies. They make a good living, but they don't have Koch brothers' money. They seem to be content to be asked to nice dinners in exchange for cheerleading for the Oligarchs they worship. Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Kennedy sit in their chambers with their pom poms at the ready waiting for a chance to prove their devotion to the money they do not have. Someday their prince will come.
 

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