Wednesday, June 25, 2014

U.S. high court bucks pro-business trend this term

Reuters reports:
With only days remaining in its term, the U.S. Supreme Court is on track to at least partly dispel the impression that it's pro-business.

In cases brought by business interests over the last nine months, including an effort to curb shareholder class actions and challenges to environmental regulations, the court has either issued narrow rulings that fell short of what those interests sought or ruled against them outright.

By contrast, the court last year issued a string of rulings in favor of business, including several that curbed consumer claims against companies.

Lawyers and law professors following the business cases offer various explanations for the losses and narrower victories this year. One theory is that the court under Chief Justice John Roberts is reluctant to overturn longstanding precedents, even when they happen to be anti-business.
The pro-big government court.