Alliance for Justice Finds End of Supreme Court Term Shows the "Corporate Court" Is Still Open for Business
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Washington, D.C., June 27, 2011—“It has been another good year for corporations at the U.S. Supreme Court and another bad one for everyday Americans seeking fairness and justice in the American legal system,” according Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, commenting on the end of the 2010-11 U.S. Supreme Court term.
The five justices who make up the pro-corporate majority – Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito –once again crafted decisions that insulate corporations from accountability for conduct that discriminates against or injures consumers, employees, women, people of color, and victims of harmful products or other corporate misconduct.
Aron further commented that, “This term continues the relentless effort by the five conservative justices to reshape the law to benefit and protect corporate interests. In case after case, the system has been rigged to give business interests every possible advantage when they are challenged by everyday Americans seeking justice or fighting corporate abuse or malfeasance. As they have since the John Roberts-led majority solidified in 2006, these justices are doing everything in their power to limit access to the courts and set up overwhelming legal hurdles for those who seek to band together to fight broad discrimination or abuse. In the term that just ended, the decisions by the narrow majority once again blatantly ignore the clear intent of long-established statutes, rules and regulations to arrive at a result favorable to corporate interests. The Corporate Court is clearly still open for business, leaving everybody else on the outside looking in at powerful interests increasingly in control of the law and the courts.”
Five cases epitomize the term’s business orientation and will have broad implications and wide-ranging effects:
These cases and others decided during this term continue to advance the pro-corporate agenda of the five conservative justices by aggressively reinterpreting federal statutes, sharply limiting the ability of people wronged by large businesses to band together to seek justice, and immunizing corporate wrongdoing.
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A downloadable compilation (PDF) of the major 2010-2011 business-oriented cases can be found at http://www.afj.org/connect-with-the-issues/the-corporate-court/corporate-court-2010-2011-docket.pdf
Information about the cases referenced above, as well as many others decided in this term, can be found at http://www.afj.org/connect-with-the-issues/the-corporate-court/
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Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. It is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process. AFJ is based in Washington, D.C.