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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Study says current U.S. Supreme Court is friendlier to business than any of its predecessors since World War II. The study, which reviewed 2,000 decisions from 1946 to 2011, ranked the 36 justices who served over that period by the proportion of their pro-business votes. All five of the current court’s more conservative members were in the top 10, and the two justices most likely to favor business interests are the most recent conservative appointees, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Separately, a report from the consumer advocacy group Center for Justice & Democracy said class action suits have been “one of the most powerful mechanisms to secure justice in America,” but blamed the high court and new laws for putting them on a path to “extinction.” The New York Times

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