Lawmaker charges Supremes with “Courting Big Business”



Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy isn’t so happy with some the decisions the Supreme Court handed down this term. So he had scheduled a hearing next week titled “Courting Big Business: The Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions on Corporate Misconduct and Laws Regulating Corporations.”

In announcing the hearing, Leahy said that the recent decisions in Exxon Shipping v. Baker and Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta evidence the Court’s pro-business leanings.

“In June, the Judiciary panel examined recent Supreme Court decisions that have preempted several state laws established to protect Americans, including laws to shield Americans from illegal hiring practices, medical liability, and predatory lending practices,” reads Leahy’s press release announcing the hearing.

“The July 23 hearing is expected to feature a witness who will testify about the lasting effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska on the livelihoods of hundreds of fishermen and sailors, as well as witnesses who will testify about how the January Supreme Court ruling in Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. impacts senior citizens, and the widespread effects of Supreme Court rulings in the area of binding mandatory arbitration.”


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