Corporations and the Supreme Court

CAC's long-term study of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its record before the Roberts Court
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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 — ruling for the Chamber’s position 70% of the time — often elevating the interests of corporations over those of individuals.

Beginning with our first study in 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 Court’s most recent Term.

Latest Term Overview (October Term 2018)

Win12
 
Loss9

12 Wins

9 Losses

1 Case Resulting In Neither A Win Nor A Loss

2 Cases Dismissed Without Decision

Long-Term Trends

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.

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