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Corporations and the Supreme Court
Since Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the Supreme Court (October Term 2005), the Court has become increasingly friendly toward Big Business, often elevating the interests of corporations over those of individuals. Since 2010, we have tracked this trend through our reports on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its record before the Roberts Court. Below are some of the highlights of our analyses, as well as up-to-date statistics on the Chamber’s win-loss rate during the current Term. (To read our annual report on the Court’s most recent Term, click here.)
Current Term Overview (October Term 2016)
Chamber of Commerce Win-Loss Record
- BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County
- California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc.
- Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils
- Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.
- Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Clark
- Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Matal v. Tam
- McLane Co. v. EEOC
- Microsoft Corp. v. Baker
- Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson
- National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc.
- Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami and Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami
- Murr v. Wisconsin
- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby
CAC’s long-term analysis demonstrates the Chamber of Commerce’s increased rate of success before the Roberts Court, as well as the ideological divide among the Justices with respect to the Chamber’s positions.
Increasing Support for the Chamber
Since Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the Supreme Court, the Court has ruled for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position 70% of the time:
How Often Each Justice Rules for the Chamber of Commerce
There is a clear ideological divide among the Justices when it comes to business cases:
CAC Issue Briefs
Read CAC's issue briefs on a range of topics relating to corporations and the Supreme Court: