It’s clear after this week’s startling string of four 5-4 wins for Big Business that the Supreme Court’s rulings in favor of corporate America, usually as represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have become one of the biggest stories of this Supreme Court Term.
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Following yesterday’s trio of huge wins for the business community, the Roberts Court wrapped up its business cases today with a 5-to-4 ruling in Koontz v. St.
With the Court’s rather anti-climactic ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, today’s biggest story involves a trio of huge wins by the business community and, in particular, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These three cases – all decided by 5-4 rulings along classic ideological lines – include two dealing with employment discrimination (Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v.
After a week like this, it’s not terribly surprising to find Senator Grassley back on his heels, offering up yet another defense of his proposal to gut the D.C. Circuit. Once again, the facts don’t add up.
Simply put, American Express had many of the hallmarks of your typical under-the-radar, but highly important, business case in the Roberts Court. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed an amicus brief. The Court divided closely along ideological lines. And the Chamber’s side prevailed.
On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council that Arizona’s requirement that a citizen provide satisfactory documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections was preempted by federal law.
In a powerful speech last night before the ACS Convention, Senator Warren addressed the “corporate capture” of the federal courts and drove home the urgency of putting judges on the bench who will follow the Constitution and the law.
Edward Blum is the subject of yet another profile this week. This latest is from NBC News: “Meet the Supreme Court matchmaker: Edward Blum.”
Blum, the one-man operation behind two of the biggest cases heard by the Supreme Court this Term, seems to be a source of fascination for the media. His work recruiting the ideal poster-child plaintiffs for Supreme Court challenges makes for a good Washington process story.
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Even some conservatives have had a hard time understanding this assertion. As Byron York, a Fox News contributor and author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy dryly noted, “it doesn’t strike me as ‘packing’ to nominate candidates for available seats.”