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Media Coverage of the Corporate Court
- California Bar Journal, October Term 2010: The Conservatives Triumph, 8/1/11: Leading Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky analyzes the 2010-11 term, concluding that in a significant number of cases the Court ruled in favor of big businesses that sought to restrict access to the courts.
- CounterPunch, The Corporate Supreme Court: Time for Impeachment?, 7/19/11: Ralph Nader argues that the conservative Supreme Court majority is entrenching a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals.
- Slate, Operating Instructions: The Supreme Court shows corporate America how to screw over its customers and employees without breaking the law, 7/1/11: Dahlia Lithwick recounts how the Supreme Court helped big business in the 2010-11, giving corporate America a handbook on how to engage in misconduct and making it more difficult for people to seek justice in the courts.
- The Washington Post, The Supreme Court’s Continuing Defense of the Powerful, 6/29/11: E.J. Dionne Jr. opines that the Supreme Court is actively defending the rights of corporations to the detriment of the American people, creating rules that will have the effect of declaring some corporations too big to be challenged.
- The Economist, Corporations and the Court: America’s Supreme Court is the most business friendly for decades, 6/23/11: The Economist discusses the extreme pro-business tilt of the Roberts Court, citing studies which show that the current Court votes in favor of business interests more than ever before.
- New York Times, Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business Interests, 12/18/10: Adam Liptak discusses the Roberts’ court pro-business leanings, citing a study showing that they ruled in favor of business interests 61 percent of the time over the course of the past five years.
- Northwestern University Study, Is the Roberts Court Pro-Business?, 12/17/10: Lee Epstein, William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner conducted a study analyzing Supreme Court cases between 1953-2009 involving economic, labor arbitration and employment discrimination issues to ascertain whether the current Court is more pro-business than its predecessors. They conclude that the Roberts Court is significantly more likely to produce a conservative decision in these cases and that if this trend continues, it might be reasonable to conclude that the current Court is distinctly favorable toward business interests.
- Slate, Privacy Rights Inc., 10/14/10: Dahlia Lithwick discusses how individual privacy rights are shrinking as corporate privacy rights are expanding.
- Slate, Watch as We Make the Law Disappear, 10/4/10: Barry Friedman and Dahlia Lithwick describe the various ways the conservatives on the Roberts Court guide the Court ideologically to the right while at the same time giving off the appearance that nothing has changed, including stacking the deck by picking cases with facts so extreme that only one outcome seems possible and directing attention towards controversial cases while deciding less interesting ones that have greater impact.
- The Washington Post, Whose Supreme Court is it?, 6/28/10: E.J. Dionne Jr. writes during the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings about the need for Senate Democrats to put the right of citizens to challenge corporate power at the center of their critique of activist conservative judging.
- Mother Jones, Alito: The Chamber of Commerce's Supreme Court Ringer?, 6/9/10: A study by the Constitutional Accountability Center showed that Justice Alito’s voted for the Chamber of Commerce in 75 percent of their cases at the Supreme Court.
- Politico, Robert’s Court Protects the Powerful, Nan Aron, 5/5/10: Alliance for Justice’s Nan Aron discusses how the Roberts court has repeatedly placed corporate interests first and the rights of individuals second.
- Politico, Court Decision Opens Floodgates for Corporate Cash, 1/21/10: Kenneth Vogel discusses how the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened wide
new avenues for big-moneyed interests to pour money into politics.
- NY Times Magazine: Supreme Court Inc., 3/16/08: Jeffrey Rosen traces the transformation of the Supreme Court into a pro-corporate body to the Chamber of Commerce and a carefully planned, behind-the-scenes campaign over several decades to change not only the courts, but also the country’s political culture.