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Study Says Supreme Court Is More Pro-Business Now Than 25 Years Ago

Posted Oct 26, 2010 11:54 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The U.S. Supreme Court is more pro-business now than it was 25 years ago, according to a study by the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Taking issue with comments by Justice Stephen Breyer in an interview earlier this month that the court treats business the same as it has for decades, the civil rights advocacy group points to winning decisions for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in about two-thirds of its cases during the past five years, reports Bloomberg.

That compares to a success rate of less than 50 percent in the Chamber's cases between 1981 and 1986, according to the Constitutional Accountability Center's figures. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's numbers show a lesser increase in its success rate, Bloomberg reported.

“The Supreme Court’s modern pro-corporate tilt—and particularly its sharp ideological split in favor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—are relatively new developments, traceable to the court’s current conservative majority," says Doug Kendall, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

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