Monday, March 17, 2008

Supreme Court Inc.

Is it there for peoples' justice or for protecting big business?
The Supreme Court term that ended last June was, by all measures exceptionally good for American business. . . . Ever since John Roberts was appointed chief justice in 2005, the court has seemed only more receptive to business concerns. *
These figures tell the story:

In 2007 percent of US Supreme Court cases heard involving business interests: 40%
In recent years previous: 30%

Cases briefed by US Chamber of Commerce litigation center in 2007: 15
Cases it won: 13

% of 10,000 petitons to the Supreme Court granted each year 2% (200)
% of US Chamber of Commerce petitions granted by Supreme Court 26%

% of lower court rulings reversed by the court 65%
% reversed if petitioner was hired by the US Chamber of Commerce 75%

Coming cases: 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case. Will the US Supreme court reduce the largest punitive damage award in American history?

* NYTimes Magazine

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